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Enhancing value added products and environmental benefits from agroforestry systems in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific

The project aims to enhance economic, social and environmental benefits from market-focused agroforestry crop systems in the Pacific and improve management of degraded catchments in Fiji and Vanuatu.
80% of people in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands live in rural areas and earn their livelihoods from agriculture, fishing and forestry. Agroforestry tree species are widely grown in the Pacific Islands and provide food and timber. Agroforestry trees also protect the soil from erosion, increase biodiversity and help to alleviate effects of climate change such as cyclones. Pacific countries can add value to agroforestry crops by processing them, especially if they can stabilise products locally and transport them to distant markets. A market-driven approach is needed to identify the best opportunities for value-added products from agroforestry crops. Agroforestry crops, especially trees, may take several years to produce a crop, and smallholders need short-term incentives to invest in tree crops.
This project explores opportunities to value add new agroforestry products in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. This research identifies the best opportunities for value-adding, and is developing value-adding techniques for these products. It is also investigating integrated agroforestry systems in Fiji and Vanuatu that are likely to have environmental benefits such as catchment revegetation and economic returns to smallholders.