November 23, 2021

Identifying the opportunities and constraints on rural women’s engagement in small-scale agricultural enterprises in PNG

The Pacific Livelihoods Research group has recently completed a four-year study, titled: “Identifying the opportunities and constraints on rural women’s engagement in small-scale agricultural enterprises in PNG”. The project examined the factors shaping rural women’s participation in small-scale agricultural enterprises.

August 13, 2021

New Publication: Disruptive Innovation in Agriculture: socio-cultural factors in technology adoption in the developing world

In this paper, we present four case studies of technology adoption and rejection from different parts of the developing world. We explore how different socio-cultural and agro‐ecological contexts shape smallholders’ decisions relating to the adoption of new technologies. We illustrate how socio-cultural, institutional and environmental factors influence adoption and show the value of examining proposed innovations and technologies in terms of their capacity to undermine or strengthen indigenous socio-cultural values as a way of understanding potential points of resistance or pathways to adoption.

June 16, 2021

Female Extension Officers in Papua New Guinea

There is a long tradition of providing agricultural extension and training in PNG, and several reviews and reports have assessed the effectiveness of extension in the country. Few studies however, have considered female agricultural extension officers or ways to improve the participation of female farmers in extension. A recent report by Matilda Hamago outlines the experiences of female extension officers working in the major export cash crop sectors of coffee, oil palm and cocoa.

April 29, 2021

A revived PNG Coffee Journal

PNG’s Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd has recently recommenced the publication of the PNG Coffee Journal, after a break of ten years. The recently published special issue, Vol 15(1), is the first of two comprising research papers based largely on collaborative ACIAR-funded research projects among CIC, Curtin University and CSIRO.

February 2, 2021

The rise of reselling in PNG’s marketplaces

Today, in some marketplaces in the major urban centres such as Port Moresby and Mt. Hagen, resellers now make up the majority of vendors. And in the main markets in Lae, Kimbe and Kokopo resellers are now a prominent group.  The rise of intermediaries, or middlemen has been entangled with other changes…

December 12, 2020

Women’s empowerment pathways in PNG

Women’s empowerment is a key focus of development in the Pacific and around the world. Accumulation and control of assets can open pathways for women to broader changes, and increase women’s agency in other spheres of their lives, but assets should not be imagined as an end in themselves…

February 19, 2020

The influence of socio-economic factors in farm investment decisions and labour mobilisation in smallholder coffee production in Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea – Student Series – #4 Susan May Inu

In this series we will be posting a number of questions to our past students about their research projects. Susan May works with the National Agricultural Research Institute…

January 22, 2020

From the Field – Jennifer McKellar

PhD Student, Jennifer McKellar, recently returned from a scoping trip to Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, where she will undertake fieldwork examining women’s economic empowerment in coffee farming communities…

January 6, 2020

The role and impact of female extension officers on the participation of women in export crop production in Papua New Guinea – Student Series – #3 Matilda Hamago

In this series we will be posing a number of questions to our past students about their research projects. Matilda Hamago works as the Training Course Coordinator with the Papua New Guinea Coffee Industry Corporation…

October 31, 2019

The examination of land tenure and income security among oil palm land-poor migrant farmers of West New Britain – Student Series – #2 Emmanuel Germis

In this series we will be posing a number of questions to our past students about their research projects. Emmanuel Germis is a socioeconomic researcher…

October 15, 2019

The rise, fall and the revival of the Papua New Guinea coffee industry – Student Series – #1 Reuben Sengere

In this series we will be posing a number of questions to our past students about their research projects. Reuben Sengere is a socio-economist…

October 8, 2019

Improving livelihoods of smallholder coffee communities in PNG – Series – #1

Coffee is the second largest agricultural export in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and employs around 2.5 million people. It is grown in 17 of the country’s 22 provinces, with over 85% produced by smallholders. It is the primary source of household income for many highland communities…

September 30, 2019

Photo essay: Change and continuity in Papua New Guinea’s Marketplaces

As places to buy, sell and socialise, marketplaces are a part of daily life for many Papua New Guineans…

September 24, 2019

Rising rice consumption amongst oil palm smallholders…

The high level of rice consumption in West New Britain Province (WNBP), Papua New Guinea is more than just a change…

May 9, 2018

Papua New Guinean women in agribusiness

Women are central to family livelihoods and wellbeing in rural PNG. They produce the bulk of subsistence food crops, provide a large proportion of the labour for production…

April 3, 2018

An honours year in PNG

In the months of May and June, 2017, I was afforded the opportunity by the New Colombo Plan (NCP) to travel to Papua New Guinea to conduct fieldwork for my honours year research with Curtin University’s Geography Department and the Pacific Livelihoods Research Group…

April 3, 2018

In Search of ‘Green Gold’

The betel nut trade in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is big business. In betel nut marketplaces, money is said to ‘flow’ and to ‘overflow’. It is also highly visible…

March 27, 2018

Strengthening livelihoods for food security amongst oil palm and cocoa farming communities in PNG

Food gardening is a central part of the livelihoods of rural….

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