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Promoting traditional vegetable production and consumption for improved livelihoods in Papua New Guinea and northern Australia

This project aims to understand and increase the role of traditional vegetables in Papua New Guinea and the Top End of the Northern Territory for smallholder growers, for more diversified incomes and improved livelihoods.
Food consumption patterns in urban areas of Papua New Guinea have changed in recent decades, and more consumers prefer imported foods. Store-bought foods, energy dense but nutritionally poor, are replacing micronutrient rich traditional garden foods in both rural and urban diets. Northern Australian communities face similar problems.
This project aims to increase production and consumption of traditional vegetables through surveys conducted with consumers, growers, markets and institutional buyers; developing communication tools; and building capacity.
Pest management and nutritional analysis training started in late 2016, at the World Vegetable Centre, Taiwan. Training will be passed on to Papua New Guinea communities.