The World Coconut Day falls on the 2nd of September 2020 every year to raise awareness on the significance of coconut across the globe. The Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) and its members including India, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Philippines, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands and Samoa, and associate member countries including Kenya and Jamaica celebrate the World Coconut Day. World Coconut Day 2020 is aimed at encouraging investment and promoting the development of coconut industry and coconut products in the member countries of APCC. It is also celebrated to make the people understand that coconut plays a major role in the eradication of poverty especially in these countries.
History of World Coconut Day
World Coconut Day was first observed in the year 2009 to commemorate the day APCC was formed. The APCC functions under the auspices of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) which felt that the World Coconut Day should be observed to highlight the various uses and commercial value of coconuts in the market. World Coconut Day is also an occasion to formulate and interpret policies and develop a well-defined plan of action in this industry.
APCC is an inter-governmental organization that is mandated to coordinate, promote, harmonize coconut, and even regulate coconut-related developmental activities and policies of the Asian Pacific region which covers the major coconut producing countries. The main coconut-growing countries such as India are members of the APCC which has its headquarters in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Coconut, being one of nature’s health goodies, is a celebrated food in every Indian household. The World Coconut Day is celebrated by the Coconut Development Board which was started on 12 January 1981. It is a statutory body under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of India for the holistic development of coconut and its range of products.