Project final report

Strengthening Agricultural Resilience in Western Province: Developing methods for strengths-based livelihoods - Final Report

Date released
23 April 2024
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Prof Katharine McKinnon, Dr Steph Houghton, Dr Justin See, Dr Pryor Placino, Prof Katherine Gibson


The project aimed to address the need for a different approach to improving agricultural livelihoods in Western Province of Papua New Guinea, one that emphasises assets rather than needs.

The research consisted of two small projects: FIS/​2021/​113, which identified locally appropriate livelihood development practices for the agricultural sector based on a literature review, stakeholder consultations, and interviews with expert informants, and FIS/​2021/​122, which examined the current economic activity and market engagement of people in Western Province.

The project found that meaningful, thorough and culturally relevant community engagement is key to the success of future livelihoods programming. The project also found that the existing frameworks of the Organic Law on Provincial Governments and Local-Level Governments (OLPGLLG) and the PNG National Standards for Community Development Workers provide a set of tools and processes to enable community-led, place-based, strengths-based, and gender-sensitive agricultural development in Western Province.

The project suggested future projects that could build on the findings and recommendations of the current research, such as addressing food and water security, supporting artisanal fisheries, enhancing community-based climate change adaptation, testing a community income guarantee, exploring new export opportunities, and implementing community-based environmental remediation.

View the project pages for FIS/​2021/​113 and FIS/​2021/​122.

View the Final Report for FIS/2021/122.