It was on October 31, 1974, when coconut communities saw the birth of an institution named Philippine Coconut Research & Development Foundation or PCRDF. The Foundation was organized on that date by a team of twelve innovative individuals representing the various sectors of the Philippine coconut industry. Their goal was to make coconut research and development (R&D) an institution in the Philippines, one that would be free from bureaucratic and vested interests, yet attuned to the wide range of needs of the various sectors of the coconut industry.
As an autonomous, non-stock, and non-profit science foundation, PCRDF was organized to play the significant role of pursuing and promoting research and development in response to the development requirements of the coconut communities in the country. Since its establishment in 1974, the foundation has steadily expanded its R&D activities:
Through the years, PCRDF has adopted the strategy
of helping strengthen critical areas in the R&D effort in coconut,
and filling gaps in the scientific work. Until now, PCRDF continues
to provide funding support for both basic and applied researches on
the areas of coconut production and utilization, and socio-economic
research focused on the people involved in coconut as well as on policies
that affect the industry’s many sectors. Currently, the Foundation
conducts R&D projects on coconut with a view in mind of attaining
nutritive and economic advantages and benefits for the coconut farmers.
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