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Enhancing private sector-led development of the Canarium nut industry in Papua New Guinea

This project seeks to expand markets and processing of canarium nuts in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, by strengthening private sector capacity and engagement using nuts from existing trees.
Canarium indicum is an agroforestry tree in Eastern Indonesia and the Pacific that produces edible nuts. Donor agencies have tried to commercialise the industry in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.
Nuts could improve the livelihood of the rural poor in developing countries and meet the Millennium Development Goal of eradicating poverty and hunger. Nuts are highly nutritious, can be stored for long periods, and can be sold for cash, processed and exported to distant markets. Women in Papua New Guinea grow and trade canarium nuts; they cultivate, harvest, process and sell them.
The project will take a whole of value-chain approach. It will research markets, provide technical advice, build capacity, mentor businesses, and give private and public sector stakeholders access to infrastructure. It will target the private sector at three different scales: smallholder and small scale entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises, and large scale processors.
This is one of five projects in the Transformative Agriculture and Enterprise Development Program (TADEP) program that aims to foster private sector-led development in agriculture, increase agricultural productive capacity, and give farmers in Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, particularly women farmers, better access to markets.