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World Bank on Agricultural Project for PNG

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved an additional US$30 million for the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) for Papua New Guinea.

Over 85 percent of the country’s population lives in rural areas and most depend on small-scale agriculture for their food and livelihoods. 

PNG’s coffee and cocoa production have declined over the last decade as a result of a range of factors, including: a lack of extension services in many areas; inadequate replanting, with many trees over 40 years old; and the devastating impact of cocoa pod borer.

Coffee and cocoa are two major cash crops which provide critical income for more than half a million households.

PPAP aims to work with smallholder farmers to double yield and improve the quality of their coffee and cocoa, and increase their incomes.

Through the project, partnerships between farmers and NGOs, farmer group cooperatives or local businesses are selected and established under a competitive process.

The Partnerships will provide farmers with planting materials, extension services, access to certification schemes that bring higher prices, and other services.

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