|PNG smallholder farmer|
The projects covered a range of commodities, including vegetables, coffee, floriculture, coffee and oil palm, across a range of geographies such as Western Highlands, Central Province and New Britain. Over the two days participants compared constraints faced in East New Britain with those in the Highlands, and the lessons learned in coffee and oil palm with those in sweetpotato and vegetable crops.
ACIAR's PNG Country Manager, Ms Emily Flowers commented that 'it was great to see socioeconomists, and people working with socioeconomic teams, all together in one room for focused discussion. The cross organisation/commodity/sector involvement made for really rich, open discussion and some fantastic insights'.
Workshop participants at NARI, Lae
Other teams discussed the obstacles faced in achieving similar goals in Highland provinces due to the remote location of communities in relation to banks, as well as social and cultural attitudes of the communities towards borrowing and saving money.
is sometimes little or no infrastructure for PNG farmers, |
especially in the highlands region
'We were reminded of the importance of understanding the
communities we work with to tailor solutions to their needs; that we
become better researchers in the process of understanding and working
Caroline, Norah, Emily and the other participants consider the workshop a great achievement. One project leader emailed within a few days of the workshop’s conclusion to tell us her team had taken what they learned at our workshop and applied it to their own project workshops in Rabaul and Mt Hagen to great effect.
NARI Scientist, Dr Norah Omot.
The PNG meeting’s success will guarantee that another similar workshop will follow in the coming years. In the short term, a technical proceedings report will be published by ACIAR — it will include the comparative discussions held over the two days as well as separate papers submitted by each project prior to the workshop. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed and website for notification of its completion!
By Janet Williams, Program Support Officer for Agricultural Systems Management
ASEM/2001/037 Improving the marketing system for fresh produce of the highlands of PNG
ASEM/2006/035 Improving marketing efficiency, postharvest management and value addition of sweet potato in Papua New Guinea
ASEM/2006/127 Commercial sector/smallholder partnerships for improving incomes in the oil palm and cocoa industries in Papua New Guinea
ASEM/2008/036 Improving livelihoods of smallholder families through increased productivity of coffee-based farming systems in the highlands of Papua New Guinea
ASEM/2010/052 Examining women’s business acumen in Papua New Guinea: Working with women smallholders in horticulture
ASEM/2011/048 An integrated approach for systemic change and sustained development of the Papua New Guinea sweetpotato value chain
HORT/2008/011 Strategies for using floriculture to improve livelihoods in indigenous Australian and Pacific island communities
SMCN/2008/008 Increasing vegetable production in Central Province, Papua New Guinea to supply Port Moresby markets