Participation of ICC as an observer in the 31st Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Oil Seeds, Oils and Fats


The 31st Session of the Intergovernmental Group on Oilseeds, Oils, and Fats held virtually on 4-5 March 2021 on an exceptional basis, in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the associated public health concerns and constraints. The Government of the Republic of Indonesia hosted the session.

The session was attended by 66 FAO member countries and three observer organizations including International Coconut Community. ICC team represented by Dr. Jelfina C. Alouw, Executive Director; Assistant Director, and Market and Statistics Officer.

The Session was opened by Mr. Gustaf Daud Sirait of the Republic of Indonesia, Chairperson of the... read more

Executive Director of ICC Had a Virtual Courtesy Meet with the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic Indonesia


With the objective to discuss potential cooperation and synergy between ICC and the Ministry of Foreign Affair of the Republic of Indonesia in international forum, and the joint working group between ASEAN and European union related to SDGs for vegetable oil, a virtual courtesy meeting between Dr. Jelfina C. Alouw, Executive Director, ICC and the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Indonesia, His Excellency Mr. Mahendra Siregar was held on 8 February 2021. Four directors of The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the meeting. Mr. Hari Prabowo, Director for Development, Economic and Environmental Affairs, Mr. Agustaviano... read more

What Medical Doctor Says about Coconut Oil


There are many myths about oils and fats circulating and being believed by the public. The myth that people often believe is that oils and fats are substances that are harmful to health, and some even consider them "poisonous". Is that right? This article is adapted from an article in the Sunday Times, entitled "Myths and Facts of Coconut Oil", written by Dr. S.F.N. Silva, a senior medical practitioner and President of the Coconut Growers Association of Sri Lanka. He explained the scientific facts on coconut to straighten out various skewed views about it.

He explained the chemical composition,... read more