Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO strengthens PNG cocoa farmers in global market

This initiative, part of the broader EU-STREIT PNG Programme, is designed to uplift local cocoa farmers by providing them with unprecedented access to lucrative international markets.

Pioneering this endeavor is a cohort of nine cocoa MSMEs in Sepik. These enterprises, known for their high-quality cocoa, have undergone extensive training and development, and are supported with production and processing materials by the FAO. Their products, celebrated for their unique flavour profiles, are now ready to make a mark on the global stage.

World Soil Day observed

Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Soil Partnership, strives to enhance soil governance and promote the practice of sustainable soil management for food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development. 

Sepik farmers inspired

The visit was facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under the European Union-funded STREIT PNG Programme.

The Sepik cocoa farmers expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to learn from their counterparts in Bougainville. They said they would apply the knowledge and skills they gained in their own cocoa businesses, including cocoa block management, downstream processing, farm business diversification, and producing consistent quality cocoa beans to access premium markets.

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.

Agripreneurship and gender equality

As part of the implementation of the European Union-funded STREIT PNG Programme, the workshop was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 

According to Patu Shang, the FAO Gender and Youth Inclusion Specialist who led the capacity-building workshop, poor accountability and management are the leading cause of business failure. One of the reasons for the many failures is that women and youths are often not included in leadership positions within groups.

Effective reporting on climate actions

Climate reporting is an important tool for promoting transparency, accountability and for informed climate actions.

Led by Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) with technical support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the workshop was a key step under phase two of PNG’s Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) project.

Rural Sepik Farmers Observe IWD

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), under the EU Funded UN Joint STREIT PNG Programme, and in collaboration with local partners, hosted the event.

The occasion in Misim Village, Drekikir, East Sepik Province, aimed to recognise the contribution of women and girls, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation and building a more sustainable future for all.

The activities in Misim pulled together close to 1,000 farmers, including those from nearby ridges, who gathered as early as 7am to take part and observe.

Strengthening Fisheries Extension Services

They have been equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide enhanced extension services to fishers to support sustainable development of the fisheries value chain.  

The EU Funded UN Joint STREIT Programme in PNG supported the capacity development of 12 senior district fisheries officers on aquaculture and small fishing operations. The support is to further strengthen fisheries extension services at district level in the Greater Sepik Region.

Women’s Role In Agro Vital

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under the EU Funded UN Joint STREIT Programme, women can be engaged as equal partners along all nodes of agri-food value chains.

These include, but not limited to decision-making, financial management and establishing new and running existing ventures to increase sustainably the household- and community-level economic returns and wellbeing.

Programme helps farming families

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under EU-STREIT PNG Programme continues its commitment to extend learning opportunities on mainstreaming gender perspective to farming communities and local stakeholders in the Sandaun Province.

Recently, the programme set up a fresh batch of trainings under the theme Mainstreaming Gender Perspectives in Agrifood Chains that covered two major rural communities of Pasi DPI station in the Vanimo Urban LLG and Waromo Village in the Bewani Wutung Onei LLG.