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Supporting commercial sweetpotato production and marketing in the Papua New Guinea highlands

This project aims to sustainably increase the contribution that sweetpotato makes to cash income and food security, by improving sweetpotato value chains. This will improve the livelihoods of sweetpotato producers and their communities in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
The economy of the Papua New Guinea Highlands, especially in those areas with relatively good transport infrastructure, is evolving rapidly, and smallholders are turning from subsistence farming to market-oriented production. Sweetpotato has become a cash crop in its own right and assures food security in more diverse systems where coffee, vegetables and small livestock provide a cash income.
This project will support smallholders to turn from subsistence farming towards market-oriented sweetpotato production, producing specifically for the market and managing production to meet market/customer requirements.
This project will support an expansion in market-oriented sweetpotato value chains by strengthening supply chains to selected high value markets, promoting enterprise development along supply chains, and improving crop production capacity by introducing a scheme to supply clean, high performing planting material. An increase in market oriented production will create income generating opportunities for growers and enable other groups to enter into sweetpotato fresh product and sweetpotato-based food product supply chains.