Curtin University is a leading research institute in the field of sustainable development. Curtin has a vibrant community of researchers who are firmly focused on creatively solving real-world problems and engage in cross disciplinary research. Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally. The Livelihoods Program is within Curtin’s School of Design and Built Environment. The program’s researchers have extensive experience in Papua New Guinea.  This research has been funded by research grants from ACIAR and the Australian Research Council.

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is an Australian Government Statutory Authority that invests in applied research to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability and food system resilience in developing countries. They work primarily with countries of the Indo-Pacific region through bilateral and multilateral research partnerships. The beneficiaries of these programs include farmers, rural poor, consumers, researchers and policymakers.

CARE International in Papua New Guinea is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on empowering women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. CARE International has implemented development and humanitarian assistance projects in Papua New Guinea since 1989. In 2006, CARE established a permanent country presence in PNG with the establishment of a Country Office in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, thereby strengthening local management and support to CARE’s in-country operations. In 2008 CARE International in PNG established operations in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB). CARE International in PNG is guided by the vision, values, mission and core values and programming principles of CARE International and receives management support through CARE International Member, CARE Australia.

Cocoa and Coconut Institute Limited (CCI) is the national research organisation and extension provider for cocoa and copra in PNG. CCI’s main research areas are in crop breeding, plant pathology, entomology, agronomy and farming systems and smallholder studies.

Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) provides both leadership and services to the PNG coffee industry. CIC exists to support the development of the nation’s multi-million kina coffee industry, to maximize financial returns to all players in the industry within Papua New Guinea and ultimately to achieve the government’s socio economic goals.

James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading tropical university, with active research and education programs on sustainable management of tropical ecosystems and tropical agriculture. The university has a proven track record in research and education to improve sustainability of agricultural industries in the South East Asia Pacific region, including oil palm and cocoa in Papua New Guinea.

New Guinea Highlands Coffee Exports LTD. is a processor and exporter of PNG coffee, established in 1992 and based in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province. They process and export several varieties and grades of coffee from their dry mill/warehouse facilities in Goroka.

NGIP-Agmark is the largest cocoa exporter in Papua New Guinea and has a proven track record in successfully providing training and services to smallholders to control Cocoa Pod Borer (CPB). NGIP-Agmark has worked successfully in collaboration with CCIL and Curtin University on a number of projects.

Oil Palm Industry Corporation (OPIC), as a statutory body, provides extension services to oil palm smallholders of Papua New Guinea.

PNG Oil Palm Research Association (PNGOPRA) was formed in 1980 and is the national research organisation for the oil palm industry. PNGOPRA provides research and training in oil palm agronomy, entomology and pathology, and smallholder socio-economic studies to the government, agricultural extension services (OPIC) plantation companies and the smallholder sector. PNGOPRA and OPIC staff work in close collaboration during projects.

PNG University of Technology (UniTech), Lae, has a sound research and teaching profile in agriculture, agricultural extension and rural development. Unitech has been involved in several ACIAR projects.

Rural communities in PNG are important partners in our action research projects. Their knowledge and skills, and their participation, support and enthusiasm for the projects, are critical to the success of the research.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation  (CSIRO) is an independent agency of the Australian Federal Government and is responsible for scientific research in Australia. They collaborate with leading organisations and researchers around the world.

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