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Coconut Industry in the Philippines: Actors, Interactions and Innovation

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Coconut trees can grow in nearly all parts of tropical countries, because it does not require any special requirements for growth. In particular, value-added products by processing coconut, among others: coco chemical, coco fibre, coconut oil, desiccated coconut, Nata de coco, activated charcoal, etc. In the Philippines, the significant coconut squanders incorporate coconut shell (12%), coconut husks (35%) and coconut coir dust. This study aims to understand the productivity condition and innovation system in coconut industrial cluster as part of sectoral innovation system. Study is carried out by identifying and analysing interaction between coconut industry actors and landscape of coconut industry policies and provide recommendation for better improvement on interaction model for the coconut industry in the Philippines. This research outputs are identification of actors and its interaction in the Philippines coconut industry, its constraints and challenges, conclusion to the case and proposed model for better off coconut productivity and innovation and further recommendation. This research identified the Philippines coconut industry actors, from the Government actors (PCA) and its program, strategies and policies, Business actors (Davao based firms) and Civil societyy and Academia actors, analyse its interactions and proposed better model in helices of interaction of actors (Academic, Business, Government, and Civil Society) of the Philippines coconut industry.

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