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Identifying opportunities and constraints for rural women?s engagement in small-scale agricultural enterprises in Papua New Guinea

This project aims to study the factors that explain Papua New Guinean women's low level of engagement in small-scale agricultural enterprises; identify the processes and pathways that help them move into agribusiness; and pilot/scale out identified pathways for women to move from Tier 2 to Tier 3.
Women are central to family livelihoods and wellbeing in rural Papua New Guinea. They produce the bulk of subsistence food crops, provide much of the labour for producing export cash crops, and fill valued social and community roles. Women tend to spend more of their income than men on meeting their families' needs, so income gains for women improve their families' quality of life. Women throughout rural PNG are keen to increase their cash incomes.