49th International COCOTECH Conference & Exhibition
7-11 September 2021, Royale Chulan Hotel, Kula Lumpur, Malaysia
“Promoting Smart Farming, Eco-Friendly and Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Coconut Development”


Tuesday, 7 September 2021

08:00 –09:00



09:00 –10:00

Inaugural Session (Refer to separate program sheet)

Official Opening

Inauguration of Exhibition

Group Photo 

10:00 –10:20

Networking Refreshment Break

1st Session:    Impact of COVID-19 to the Global Health Economy

Session Chairman: Mr. Christopher Gentles, Chairman, Coconut  Industry Board, Jamaica

10:20 –10:30

Pre and Post COVID 19- Global Health Perspective an Overview -WHO Scenario- Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt

10:30 –10:40

Global Food and Nutrition -FAO overview- TBA, Nutrition and Food Systems Division, Economic and Social Development Department, FAO-UN

10:40 –10:50

Impact on Global Economy-Pre and Post COVID-19-Dr. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary, UN-ESCAP, Bangkok

10:50 –11:00

Open Forum & Discussion

2nd Session:   Policies and Programs Promoting Sustainable Coconut  Production and Demand during COVID-19 Pandemic  and beyond

Session Chairman: Mr. Tilafono David Hunter, Chief Executive Officer,  Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, Samoa

11:00 –11:20

Policies and Programs on Sustainable Coconut Development in Malaysia Dr. Anis Bin Mahmud Abdul Samad, Deputy Secretary General (Development), Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry

11:20 –11:40

Managing Coconut Supply Stability, Cost and Quality –Chairman, Coconut Development Board, India

11:40 –12:00

National Program and Policies for the Coconut Development in Philippines Mr. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., Administrator, Philippines Coconut Authority, Philippines

12:00 –12:20

Strengthening National Program on Coconut Revitalization in Indonesia Dr. Kasdi Subagyono, Director General, Directorate General of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture, Jakarta, Indonesia

12:20 –12:50

Open Forum & Discussion

12:50 –13:50

Networking Lunch Break

3rd Session:   Enhancing the Competitiveness of Coconut-Based  Products in the era of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA)

Session Chairman: Mr. Len Monheit, Executive Director, Coconut Coalition of the Americas


Importance of Quality Standards and Product Certification for Potential   Marketing of Coconut Products Dr. C. Anandharamakrishnan, Director, Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India

14:10 –14:30

Access to Trade and Market Intelligence in the Regional and International Markets Ms. Federica Angelucci, Senior Consultant, Inclusive Agribusiness Systems, ITC

14:30 –14:50

Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development of the Coconut Industry in MalaysiaMr. Christopher John Biai, Deputy Director, Crop industry Development Division, Department of Agriculture, Malaysia

14:50 –15:10

Coconut Oil and Coconut Waste as Renewable Energy/ Fuel: Potential, Challenges and Strategies for Future Development Dr. Dadan Kusdiana, Director General of R&D for Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia

15:10 –15:30

Networking Refreshment Break

15:30 –15:50

MCT Oil- Prospects & Perspectives Mr.  Dean A. Lao Jr., Chairman, United Coconut Association of Philippines, INC. (UCAP), Philippines


Prospects and Potential Market for Coconut MilkMs. Tilokskulchai Ratanasiri, Director, Cluster Marketing Services (APAC), Tetra Pak Singapore


Open Forum/Discussion


Business Meet

19:00 –22:00

Welcome Dinner  Hosted by ICC & Government of Malaysia

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

4th Session:   Advanced Technologies for Supporting Adequate Supply of Raw Materials to Meet Current and Future Demand for Coconut-Based Products

Session Chairman: Dr. Lalith Perera, Deputy Director (Research), Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka                                     

08:30 –08:50

Coconut Micropropagation: strategy to meet global demand Dr. Carlos Oropeza, Senior Researcher, CICY, Mexico


The Prerequisite for the Success of Coconut Micro Propagation Through Tissue Culture Dr Anitha Karun, Acting Director and Breeder, ICAR- Central Plantation Crop Research Institute (CPCRI), Kerala, India

09:10 – 09:30

Hengniu: Fast Bearing Coconut Varieties Dr. Hengky Novarianto, Indonesian Palm Crops Research Institute, Manado, Indonesia

09:30 – 10:00

Open Forum/Discussion

10:00 – 10:30

Networking Refreshment Break

5th Session:   Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change for   Sustaining Coconut Production and Increasing Farm  Productivity

Session Chairman: Dr. Ponciano A. Batugal, Consultant Scientist,  Founding Chair of Farmers Foundation &  Chairman, ICC Technical Working Group 

10:30 – 10:50

Strategies to Sustain Coconut Production and Income Mr. Petrus Chandra, Director, PT Indonesia Commodity Derivatives Exchange (ICDX), Logistics, Indonesia

10:50 – 11:10

Good Agricultural Practices for Improving Coconut ProductionMs. Siriporn Vorakuldumrongchai, Director, Horticultural Research Institute, Thailand

11:10 – 11:30

Climate Change Impacts on Coconut Production and Potential Adoption Measure Dr. Rohit Lal, Principal Agriculture Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji

11:30 – 11:50

Strategies for Improving Quality of Coconut Varieties Dr. Ismail Maskromo, Director, IPCRI, Manado, Indonesia

11:50 – 12:10

Efficient Coconut Farming System for Increasing Coconut Production  Dr Mohamad Roff Bin Mohd Noor, Deputy Director General -MARDI Malaysia

12:10 – 12:30

Open Forum/Discussion


Networking Lunch Break

6th Session: Processing and Strategies for Ensuring Sustainable Demand for Coconut as Functional Foods, Nutraceutical, Pharmaceutical and Cosmeceutical Products

Session Chairman: Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit, Department of Chemistry, Ateneo de Manila University and Chairman ICC Scientific Advisory Committee on Health, Manila, Philippines

13:30 -13:50              

Coconut Flour as a Functional Food/Ingredient: Future Perspectives Dr. Dr Domina Esther M. Nkuba, Senior Research Scientist (Nutritionist), Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Tanzania

13:50 -14:10              

Effect of Coconut Oil Pulling on pH, Buffering Capacity and Total Antioxidant Capacity of Saliva Prof. Faizal C Peedikayil, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Kannur Dental College, Kerala, India

14:10 -14:30              

Lesson Learnt from Coconut Hybridization to Cosmetic Application - Ms. Somlak Kongmuang, Associate Professor, and Ms. Wilaiwan Twishsri, Senior Researcher, Bangkok, Thailand

14:30 -15:00        

Open Forum & Discussion

15:00 – 15:30

Networking Refreshment Break

7th Session:   Global Trade Outlook on Non-Edible Products from  Coconut

Session Chairman: Mr. Uron N Salum, Director, Kokanas Indastri  Koporesen (KIK), Papua New Guinea

15:30 – 15:50

Coconut Shell Based Activated Carmen and its Market Prospects – Mr. Yves Debayles, Regional Director, Jacobi Carbon, Singapore.

15:50 – 16:10

Prospects of the Coconut Shell Charcoal Briquette IndustryMr Asep Jembar Mulyana, CEO, PT. TOM COCOCHA, Bogor, Indonesia

16:10 – 16:30

Processing of Coir and Coir Products and its Market Potential-Indian Scenario TBA, Central Coir Research Institute, Coir Board, Kerala, India

16:30 – 16:50

Coconut Based Avtur: Opportunities and Challenges Dr. Arend Mapanawang, Director, PT. HMS Halmahera Mandiri, NTT, Indonesia

16:50 – 17:20

Open Forum & Discussion

17:30- 18:30             

Side Meeting: Restructuring of ICC Technical Working Group and updating the ToR

Thursday, 9 September 2021

8th   Session: Innovative Strategies for Preventing Economic  Losses Caused by Pests and Diseases

Session Chairman: Dr. Viliami Toalei Manu, Chief Executive Officer,  Ministry of Agriculture, food, Forests and Fisheries, Tonga

08:30 – 08:50       

Bogia Coconut Syndrome and Related Phytoplasma Syndromes Developing Biological Knowledge and a Risk Management Strategy- Prof. Geoff Gurr, Charles Stunt University, Australia.

08.50 – 09:10

Potential Measures Adopted for the Control of Coconut Lethal Yellowing DiseasesDr. Wayne Myrie, Plant Pathologist, Coconut Industry Board, Jamaica

09:10 – 09:30

Potential of Area wide Integrated Pest Management (AW-IPM) for New Variant of the Coconut Rhino Beetle – Dr. Wee Tek Tay, Senior Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia.

09:30 – 10:00

Networking Refreshment Break

10:00 – 10:20

Technologies for Management of Rhynchoporus ferruginous in Indonesia

Dr. Meldy L.A. Hosang, Head Crop Protection Division, IPCRI, Manado, Indonesia

10:20 -10:40              

The Strategies of Controlling Weligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease and its Current Status in Sri Lanka Dr. Rohana Wijesekera, Head, Crop Protection Division, CRI, Sri Lanka

10:40 -11:00    

Open Forum and Discussion

11:00 -12:30    

Malaysian Stakeholders Interaction

12:30 – 13:30               

Networking Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:30      

USAID Session

15:30 – 16:00           

Networking Refreshment Break

16:30 – 17:30        

Side Meeting: Restructuring of ICC Scientific Advisory Committee on Health and updating the ToR.


Friday, 10 September 2021

9th Session:   The New Dynamic in Coconut Development, Poverty  Alleviation and Women Economic Empowerment

Session Chairman: Mr. Vincent Johnson, Interim COGENT Coordinator,  Montpelier, France

08:30 – 08:50

Improve Coconut Producers Lives through Networks, Capacity Building, and Internet of Thing (ToT) Dr. A. Sivapragasam, Regional Director (South East Asia), CAB International, Malaysia

08:50 – 09:10

Success of Women in Coconut Business Ms. Ernestine Kong, Director, Oshin Organics, Boroko, NCD, Papua New Guinea

09:10 – 09:30

Initiatives and Options in Improving Coconut Farmer’s Livelihood  Ms. Karen Mapusua, Director, Land Resource Division, The Pacific Community (SPC)  

09:30 – 10:00

Open Forum & Discussion

10:00 – 10:30

Networking Refreshment Break

10:30 – 12:00



Committee Meeting on Conference Recommendations

Chaired by Executive Director, ICC

Committee Members: Heads of Delegations, Session Chairs & Resource Persons

12:00 – 15:00

Networking Lunch Break

15:00 – 16:30

Closing Session: Meeting of Delegates: Adoption of Conference                 

Recommendations & 49th International COCOTECH  Conference


Session Chairman: Mr. Alan Aku, Acting Managing Director, Kokanas Indastri Koporesen (KIK), NLO for  Papua New Guinea, and Chair of ICC 2021


Agenda Items:

1.     Remarks  by National Ministers Present

2.     Adoption of  Recommendations from 49th International COCOTECH Conference

3.     Announcement of the 50th International COCOTECH Conference 2022

4.     Acceptance Speech by Host of 50th International COCOTECH Conference

5.     Vote of  thanks by Executive Director, ICC

6.     Adjournment

16:30 – 17:00

Networking Refreshment Break


Free Evening for participants


Saturday, 11 September 2021