Stat of the week: Top 5 Producers of Coconuts in the Pacific
Papua New Guinea is the biggest producer of coconuts in the Pacific, around 1,780,312 tonnes. Known regionally as the ‘tree of life’, every part is used, from its tallest frond down to its rooted trunk – from the sweet, delectable juice and fresh meat…
Pacific’s “Tree of Life” forum agrees on next steps for regional platform
A forum held on the 3rd and 4th of April at the Pacific Community (SPC) offices in Fiji has resulted in agreement on future steps to formalise a regionwide platform that supports the development and trade of Pacific’s “Tree of Life” – the coconut.
Stat of the week: In the Federated States of Micronesia, 25% of the land area was used for the cultivation of coconuts in 2020
Did you know that in the Federated States of Micronesia, 25% of the land area was used for the cultivation of coconuts in 2020?
Stat of the week: $2,230 is the average price per metric tonne for coconut oil
Did you know? In the Pacific, coconut is king. It helps drive many Pacific economies that rely on it and its oil. In March 2022, the average price per metric tonne for coconut oil peaked at US$2,230. In April 2022, the price dropped slightly to US$2,095…
A conversation with Mark Ero, Entomologist at the Pacific Community
It’s the diverse, and sometimes creepy, world of insects that fascinates SPC's Entomologist Mark Ero when out in the field carrying out research activities. According to him, “They are the world’s miniature marvels, and the most successful group of…
Risks and solutions for the Pacific ‘Tree of Life’ detailed in newly released manual
The coconut is invaluable symbol of the Pacific with immense value, both culturally and economically. Coconuts have huge potential to support sustainable and healthy rural livelihoods, driving employment, income generation and economic growth for…
Stat of the week: There is 7.3 grams of dietary fibre in 100g of coconut flesh
In 100g of coconut flesh (Cocos nucifera) there is 7.3 grams of dietary fibre. The @WHO recommends adults consume 25-30g of fibre per day.
Pacific’s Tree of Life faces growing pest threat
In the Pacific, coconut is king. It charms visitors to our shores, as well as commands the respect of Pacific Islanders that depend on it for their livelihood. Known regionally as the ‘tree of life’, every part is used, from its tallest frond down to its…
Protecting the diversity of coconuts in the Pacific islands
Researchers in the Pacific recently travelled to a remote island in Fiji to collect endangered coconut specimens as part of an ACIAR-supported project to conserve the plant’s genetic diversity. Coconut palms, commonly referred to as the ‘Tree of Life…
Thousands of trap lures deployed in new push to contain Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle infestation
Up to 5,500 trap lures have been distributed to Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in a bid to contain the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) infestation.