EU-STREIT Programme

FAO Empowers MSMEs in the Sepik Region

A series of workshops in Angoram, East Sepik Province, and Aitape, West Sepik Province, are equipping local entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills needed for sustainable development.

The initial workshop in Angoram centred on vital MSME success factors, including group dynamics, leadership skills, and effective communication.

The active participation of the Kandangapma Women's Business Group, renowned for their businesses in fish processing and sewing, was a highlight.

A community champion

His vision, dedication, and tireless advocacy were instrumental in organising the community, forging links with FAO, and mobilising resources to construct the primary school and health post.

Michael's leadership, as head of the village business group named Hambini Village Development Business Group, showcased the immense impact an individual could have when they harnessed the power of community and collaboration.

Hambini Village's Path to Transformation

Home to more than 9,000 rural people, spread across 1,500 cocoa farming households, this remote community faced formidable challenges.

Their cocoa farms were less productive, incomes were meagre, and their educational and health facilities were in disrepair.

Yet, amidst these challenges, the villagers of Hambini dared to dream of a brighter future for their children and access to essential healthcare.

Empowering Fisherwomen with FAO-Thiaroye Technology

The novel “FAO-Thiaroye Technology” (FTT) is being introduced and demonstrated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under the EU-funded STREIT Programme in the Country, starting from the Greater Sepik.

EU Programme Reaches 55,000 Households

They have touched the lives of the Greater Sepik communities to improve the lives of the people by increasing sustainable and inclusive economic development have reached out and provided technical assistance and support.

The objective of the programme is to improve economic returns and opportunities from cocoa, vanilla and fishery value chains. Also, have strengthened and improve the efficiency of value chain enablers, including the business environment (ICT and financial services), climate-proof transport and alternative energy solutions.

Quality Human Resource Needed For Transport infrastructure

Forty engineers, including two women, attended a 3-day capacity development training conducted in collaboration with the Civil Engineering Department of the PNG University of Technology (UNITECH).

Among the civil service engineers and sub engineers were company directors/managers, CEOs and officers of Provincial Division of Works, ESP, National Department of Works and Highway, Wewak, who deal with contract management and administration for road infrastructure works.

Sandaun To Light Up

Unreliable power supplies affecting delivery of critical services have become the norm, with communities in the provinces suffering the most.

The United Nations Development Programme, under the EU-STREIT programme, recently visited several public institutions in Vanimo, Sandaun Province, with the aim to notify and seek consent for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems (Solar PVs).

Developing Sustainable Fishery Value

In the low altitude communities in the region, fish consumption is the most important source of protein, comprising around 40% of all food from animal sources. In the middle and higher altitude villages, where fishing is limited to creeks and small rivers, consumption of animal proteins is more reliant on purchased sources such as preserved fish and canned products.

Despite these facts, the average fish consumption is still below the recommended levels for good nutrition, particularly in view of the nutritional value of fish.