National Research Institute (NRI)

Driving forces for more research and innovation

National Research Institute (NRI) in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and is currently on a mission to address the matter.

This partnership will enhance research exchange initiatives, and teaching cooperation, promote joint projects, and leverage resources capabilities that seek to develop solutions to address contemporary challenges in the ICT space.

Farmer training is key

However, the farmers face many challenges and they are increasingly turning to agricultural extension and development agencies to support and guide them in adapting their agriculture to improve the soil and increase productivity.

The National Research Institute (NRI) Spotlight Volume 16, Issue 12 is titled Innovative soil improvement training for increasing semi-subsistence farmers sweet potato production: lessons for application and sustainability.

Poverty concerns in urban centres

This is simply because traditional social values and kin-based society take care of those in need. Those who have more always assist those in need. However, this traditional support system is breaking down gradually.

The National Research Institute (NRI) Spotlight Volume 16, Issue 11 titled “Papua New Guinea is facing the development challenges of poverty in urban centers” by Senior Research Fellow, Dr Philip Kavan, focuses on urban poverty and suggests strategies to mitigate poverty.

The paper looks into the four areas of importance:

NRI on urbanisation projects

The NRI Research Report No.12: “Dynamics of informal customary land transactions between landowners and migrants at Taurama Valley, National Capital District” authored by Dr Elizabeth Kopel, Dr. Linus Digim’Rina, Lewis Iwong and Cathy Tukne revealed the major potential source of ongoing conflict between the landowners and the migrants.

NRI hosts seminar to address issues

The Seminar Series is the first of its kind for PNG NRI to host.

The First Seminar is on Population, Statistics and Society. The following Departments/Institutions have been invited to make presentations: Department of Provincial Local Government Affairs, PNG Civil Identity and Registry, PNG Electoral Commission, PNG National Statistical Office and Department of Information, Communication and Technology.

The Chairman’s Seminar Series is about bringing together the different voices and the shared experiences.

Cooperatives Boost Coffee Production

It contributes to the livelihoods of almost three million people in the country.

However, since the closure of several plantations in PNG, coffee production has continued to decline. Though coffee production in the country is currently driven much by smallholder coffee growers they face several challenges. 

NRI Highlights Education Restrictions In Momase

However, factors that contribute to the deteriorating state of quality education continue to persist in the Momase region.

The National Research Institute (NRI) Spotlight Volume 15, Issue 5: “Challenges that schools face in the delivery of quality basic education in Momase region” authored by PNG NRI Senior Research Fellow, Dr Kilala Devette-Chee provides insight into factors that restrict the delivery of quality education.

Political Parties Urged To Run Programs

Emmanuel Pok, Director of Policy and Legal Division at the Registry of Political Parties and Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission (IPPCC), said political parties were state institutions and the challenge was now on them to make their policies known to the people and educate their members of the duties and the functions of the party.

He encouraged the political parties to do awareness as early as possible. Mr Pok was speaking on behalf of Political Parties Registrar Dr. Alphonse Gelu at the 7th seminar at PNG National Research Institute’s (PNG NRI).

NARI Prioritises Research Interventions

This was according to NARI acting Director General, Warea Orapa during an eight-day workshop recently.

 “We need to have in place a plan that is measureable, results-oriented and sits well with all our partners” he said when welcoming representatives from key partner agencies and senior NARI staff from across all regional centres.

NRI To Study Impacts Of Hemp

The National Narcotics Bureau has signed an agreement with NRI for further study on hemp and its possible benefits to Papua New Guinea.

Hemp is a plant of the same species as cannabis and marijuana. It is a common name for plants of the entire genus Cannabis.

This term is often used to refer only to Cannabis strains cultivated for industrial (non-drug) use. Industrial hemp has many uses, including paper, textiles, biodegradable hemp plastics, construction, while healthy hemp has many uses, including paper etc. Hemp is widely used in the world.