Haigan Murray is a New Zealander with wide experience within agriculture and the natural environment, travelling extensively ‘in-the-field’, interacting with diverse cultures and environments at all levels.
He first encountered large-scale colonial period coconut plantations in East Africa, and noted the coconut palm’s critical role in agri-commodity enabling, global food security and livelihoods impact on tens of millions of farmers. Outside of Africa he has participated infield-based research for coconut-based farming systems in the Solomon Islands, Indonesia and India.
Haigan established Coconut Knowledge Center as an interdisciplinary agri-connector and think-tank, targeted to disrupt systemic decline in coconut estate productivity and the associated risks to biodiversity and other vital crops. Attracting key advisory and partner appointments in science, inclusive agri-businesses and value addition processing CKC builds stakeholder consensus through pre-competitive collaborations, with projects and people situated in the Pacific, Africa,India, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Caribbean and Brazil. He was appointed to the inaugural task force for the formation of the SustainableCoconut Charter and Coconut Oil Roundtable, a new industry led platform supported by USAID and GIZ, with early signatories representing the largest global coconut oil and derivative industry participants.
Based in Bali Haigan founded RCA CARBON, a regenerative agroforestry project developer and consultancy, formed as an urgent response to the potential and power of global tropical agroforestry systems in climate change mitigation and adaptation.