Enhancing private sector-led development of the canarium industry in Papua New Guinea (Phase 2)

Papua New Guinea nuts
Project code
AUD 3,061,851
Research program manager
Dr Nora Devoe
Project leader
Professor Helen Wallace, Griffith University
DEC 2019
DEC 2023
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project aims to target barriers to private sector investment in the canarium industry by improving supply, further enhancing efficiencies in the production and processing systems and further developing both domestic and export markets for processed galip nuts

Worldwide, around 350 million people depend on forests as their primary source of food, nutrition and medicine. In Papua New Guinea, the indigenous galip tree (canarium indicum) occurs naturally throughout various lowland provinces. However, the emerging canarium industry is at a critical phase and needs to harness the momentum built by the current and previous research undertaken.

Overall, this project is assisting future growth in nut supply and to better understand the indigenous galip weevil pest, which is destroying some planted galip trees. In addition, the project is investing in developing new high value niche product concepts and market test those to broaden the market potential for investors.

Expected project outcomes

  • Improving the commercial viability of business models for galip nut processing.
  • Demonstrating sustainable value chains to foster private sector market development of domestic, retail, food service, industrial and online/export channels.
  • Empowering women to participate in the galip value chain.
  • Enhancing nut supply and nut quality by improving production of galip nuts. 
Map of Papua New Guinea
Key partners
National Agricultural Research Institute Papua New Guinea
University of Adelaide, Australia
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Fact Sheet FST/2017/038