Project final report

Enhancing value-added products and environmental benefits from agroforestry systems in the Pacific - Final report

Date released
23 November 2021
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Editors: Helen Wallace and Bruce Randall


This project aimed to improve livelihoods of rural villagers in PNG, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji by exploring opportunities to produce new value-added agroforestry projects. Approximately 80% of people in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands live in rural areas and rely on agriculture, fishing and forestry for their livelihoods. Most smallholders are semi- subsistence farmers, with women often responsible for growing food.

There is great potential to add value to primary products from agroforestry crops—a move that would help create jobs and enhance business opportunities for small and medium enterprises. Tree crops can be integrated into agroforestry systems with other short-term crops, such as taro, sweetpotato and banana, to produce a quicker return on investment; however, there is little information on the performance of these integrated agroforestry systems in terms of the best species, crop production and economic and environmental benefits to smallholders.

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