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COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea: Information, Expert Commentary and Media

To keep people informed on the spread of COVID-19 in PNG and its impacts, we have provided links to websites and articles that provide useful and relevant information. The content and views expressed in these articles are those of the authors, and not those of the Pacific Livelihoods Research Group. Note: As of May 2022 this blog will no longer be updated.

January 12, 2022

Australian-led study finds harvesting knowledge can transform world agriculture

Supporting On-Farm Experimentation networks and activities globally to better connect farmers and researchers could help transform the agricultural industry and solve some of its toughest challenges, a international study led by Dr Myrtille Lacoste from Curtin’s Centre for Digital Agriculture in partnership with Murdoch University and CSIRO has found.

July 13, 2021

PhD Scholarship – Now Closed

The Pacific Livelihood Research Group are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated student interested in developing a research project examining some aspect of the social embeddedness of small-scale enterprise in Papua New Guinea or the Pacific. Applications close on the 30/08/2021.

March 2, 2021

Farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation Conference

Myrtille Lacoste (Pacific Livelihoods Research Group), whose current research explores knowledge networks in Pacific subsistence agriculture, is on the organising committee for the Farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation Conference, 13-15 October 2021. Scientists and practitioners (advisors, consultants, AgTech companies, farmers) are welcome.

January 5, 2021

Research Fellow Position – Job Advertisement – Now Closed

The Pacific Livelihood Research Group at Curtin University is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work on funded research projects in Papua New Guinea. The position is a 2 year, fixed term contract – full time.

October 22, 2020

A sweet deal for PNG coffee growers

An ACIAR-funded project run through Curtin University is introducing technology to help coffee growers process their harvest with ease, producing better quality and more valuable coffee in the process.  

August 12, 2020

Australian community ravaged by bushfire shocked by PNG donation of more than $60,000

When Andy Thorp heard his rotary club in the seaside town of Merimbula was being sent a donation from people in Papua New Guinea to help bushfire victims, he was shocked to learn of the amount…

January 6, 2020

Reviving the coffee industry in Papua New Guinea

If you had an espresso coffee this morning, it’s likely that some of the beans in your brew came from Papua New Guinea (PNG). Australia is the third largest importer of PNG coffee after the US and Germany, purchasing 16 per cent of the island nation’s coffee every year…

November 14, 2019

Publication! Curry et al.

This publication examines the one hectare replant trial in Bialla, West New Britain Province and is authored by George Curry, Steven Nake, Geraldine Tilden, Gina Koczberski, Linus Pileng, and Emmanuel Germis…

October 9, 2019

Publication! Sengere, Curry and Koczberski

Check out this publication authored by the Pacific Livelihoods Research Group’s past student and current research collaborator, Reuben Sengere (CIC), and research team members Professor George Curry and Associate Professor Gina Koczberski…

September 16, 2019

Pacific Livelihoods researchers published in Oceania special issue

The recently published special issue of Oceania 89(2) on “Marketplaces and Morality in Papua New Guinea” features contributions from Pacific Livelihoods researchers…

September 16, 2019

Geography Research Series 2019 @ Curtin University

The Geography Research Seminar Series, hosted by Sustainable Livelihoods (DBE), begins Wednesday September 4th, 1pm, room 201:422…

May 24, 2019

‘Seeds of change’: Pacific Livelihoods researchers present ‘mama lus frut’ 20 years on

Gina Koczberski and Merolyn Koia (PNG Oil Palm Research Association) attended the “Seeds of Change” conference in Canberra in April this year…

October 9, 2018

ACIAR Partners Magazine: Spotlight on Dr Veronica Bue

Collaborating researcher Dr. Veronica Bue features on this months ACIAR magazine…

September 6, 2018

ACIAR Partners Magazine features PLRG’s one hectare replant program

The Pacific Livelihoods Research Group’s work has featured in the August edition of ACIAR’s Partners magazine….

August 7, 2018

4th World Congress on Agroforestry: Strengthening links between science, society and policy

The Pacific Livelihoods Research Group’s Professor Curry is on the scientific committee…

August 2, 2018

‘Women Digging In’: Paradise story on PLRG’s Women in Agribusiness project

Air Niugini’s bi-mothly in-flight magazine has featured a story on the Pacific Livelihoods Research Group’s project…

July 31, 2018

Improving food security in Papua New Guinea

Associate Professor Paul Nelson, one of our collaborating researchers from James cook University, has produced a three-minute video on our work on intercropping of food crops and oil palm in PNG…

June 5, 2018

PHD Scholarship: Improving Livelihoods of Smallholder Coffee Communities in Papua New Guinea – Now Closed

This Curtin University-funded scholarship is for a PhD student to join a multidisciplinary team of researchers…

May 10, 2018

Geography Research Series @ Curtin University

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