Project final report

Improving opportunities for economic development for women smallholders in rural Papua New Guinea - final report

Date released
26 September 2019
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Barbara Pamphilon, University of Canberra


This project aimed to enhance the economic development of PNG women smallholders and their families.

Most women farmers hope to improve their family livelihoods, but very few have the necessary agricultural and business acumen.

Women smallholder farmers in Papua New Guinea grow essential subsistence crops while caring for their families. They are key to agricultural livelihoods, but face significant constraints. Many are educationally disadvantaged because they have not completed school and their access to training or extension services is limited.

A previous ACIAR project (ASEM/2010/052) demonstrated that a whole of family approach to farmer learning enabled farming families to work more equitably and effectively and improved their livelihoods. This project sought to understand the effectiveness of the approach at scale and across a broader range of commodities and geographies.

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