Virtual Meeting of COGENT Steering Committee and International Thematic Action Group


COGENT as a programme within the International Coconut Community (ICC) held its first virtual Steering Committee (SC) and International Thematic Action Group (ITAG) meeting between 22 and 25 June 2020. Around 50 delegates attended from 22 countries spanning 11 time-zones from Mexico/ Brazil to Fiji/Australia.

The main objectives of the meeting were to ‘reboot’ COGENT, to begin developing a strong, collaborative and sustainable network (within ICC), formally agree on the SC membership, address COGENT’s global strategy implementation, discuss next steps and articulate action points/ recommendations.

Delegates were welcomed by Dr Syafaruddin, Director of Indonesian Center for Estate Crops... read more

Webinar on Coconut for the Health and Economy of Indonesia during Covid-19 Pandemic


The International Coconut Community (ICC) and Sam Ratulangi University, Indonesia jointly organized a webinar on “Coconut for the health and economy of Indonesia during Covid-19 pandemic” on 10 June 2020. More than 500 people took part in the webinar from different part of the country. The  resource speakers of webinar included Mr. Olly Dondokambey Governor, North Sulawesi; senior researchers of Sam Ratulangi University Prof. Dr. Lucia Mandey and Prof. Dr. Jemmy Posangi; Mr. Refly Ngantung the head of North Sulawesi Plantation Office, Dr. Ismail Maskromo , Director, Indonesian Palmae Crops Research Institute and Mr. Petrus Tjandra President Director,  Indonesia Commodity Derivatives... read more

Texas A&M University Researcher Reveals -Coconut Oil May Mitigate the features of Metabolic Syndrome


Dr. Annie Newell-Fugate, an assistant professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology (VTPP), recently presented research that offers insight into the potential benefits of dietary coconut oil.

Approximately 40% of American women are obese and are at risk for metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, all of which increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

Newell-Fugate’s work focused on improving the metabolic... read more