From left: Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures, Inc. (CPAVI vice president and general manager Noel Tempongko, HOPE founder and chairwoman Nanette Medved-Po, Friends of Hope, Inc. Managing director Ilusion Farias and GCash sustainability head CJ Alegre 

The Philippines is one of the world’s largest exporters of coconut productsm. This industry, however, faces multiple challenges such as low productivity due to a host of social, financial and logistical factors. To further support and promote the country’s coconut industry, leading fintech superapp GCash, through its in-app sustainability feature GForest, in partnership with HOPE and Century Pacific Food, Inc. (CPFI), has planted one million coconut trees in Mindanao alone, co uplifting the lives of over 7,600 smallholder farmers, of whom 32% are women.