In this file photo, Ereneio Dagami, who lost his house to Typhoon Haiyan, grates coconuts in the battered town of Catadman, in Eastern Samar province, central Philippines, Dec. 22, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
A project to provide coconut farmers with advice over their mobile phones aims to help them cash in on a growing market and lift them out of poverty By Thin Lei Win
BANGKOK, May 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Generosa Gonato’s mobile phone beeped with a warning for the coconut farmer in the southern Philippines to be vigilant against bud rot, a common disease that is fatal for coconut trees. The message included the symptoms and how to treat it.