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Papua New Guinea community agriculture

Advancing agriculture and fishing

Agriculture and livestock are central to the livelihoods of Papua New Guineans.

The Project has focused on distributing planting materials and small livestock to communities in the Project area to improve agricultural sustainability, and we help people use their skills to improve their food security and living standards. In the longer term, it is anticipated that such interventions will become self-sustaining, without Project support.

Fisheries studies have been conducted for marine-based communities. By assessing catch trends and fluctuations, the Project is able to determine the health and numbers of fish populations. This helps protect people’s livelihoods, and it is complemented by programs focused on enhancing the marine environment, improving fisheries techniques and building the capacity of local leaders to better manage fisheries issues in their local communities.

A recipe for success

The Project has implemented food processing training focused on women. As part of the program, we have distributed 122 drum ovens and conducted training courses in 26 locations, serving 60 active women’s groups and equipping them with the skills to immediately earn income from the sale of baked products at local markets. “The training changed us,” says Tai Himu, leader of the Kapote Women’s Association and one of the women to attend the training. “We have new skills to better provide for our families and we feel empowered.”

244,000 cuttings of 10 virus-free, pathogen-tested sweet potato were distributed to local farmers

13,400 pineapple suckers, 1,900kg of peanut seeds and 930kg of open pollinated corn seeds distributed to improve agricultural production

1,298 breeding pairs of chickens, ducks and pigs distributed to improve livestock production

40% of the local population in Hides and Komo engaged with, improving agricultural production and food security