Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Study looks into sweet potato industry

The recent market analysis, supported by the Papua New Guinea - Australia Partnership, through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, was the first of its kind in PNG and revealed that an increasing number of consumers in Port Moresby are preferring to buy their fresh produce from supermarkets, citing convenience and safety.

While this trend could see a decline in customers at traditional farmer markets, PNG and Australian researchers say it could create new market opportunities for rural communities.

Increased pressure on food security: Report

Published on 10 November by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the report warns the pandemic is exacerbating existing threats to food security that will have long-term implications for the Indo-Pacific region.

The report contains five in-depth assessments focusing on Papua New Guinea, Pacific island countries (Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji), Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste.