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Local capacity building through transformational learning PNG case study


Palaniappan, G and Bonney, L and Birch, C and Chambers, B and Seta-Waken, P and Benny, D and Malie, R and Wesis, P and Utama, P, Local capacity building through transformational learning - PNG case study, Acta Horticulturae, 17-22 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 179-185. ISSN 0567-7572 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1126.23


Small-scale farmers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have long practiced subsistence farming that involves simple, labour intensive technologies using limited capital and few purchased inputs, and continue to do so due to poor transport infrastructure and lack of market information. Consequently, productivity, income and return on labour have been low leading to poverty and food insecurity. In this study, the traditional approach of improving farm income by increasing production and productivity solely through technical capacity building of small farm was not followed. Instead a mixed method approach was used by establishing value chains, and engaging links in the chain involved in production, processing, transport, marketing and consumption and by using visual methods of identifying training needs of small landholders to enhance their capacity to participate. The challenges that small landholders faced were identified in a training needs workshop, using visual ethnographic techniques. Specific training needs were identified as horticulture production, business management and marketing. Small landholders from the Central Province were trained to improve their capability to capitalize on opportunities in the value chain. This paper focuses on transformational learning theory and methods that contributes to instrumental (skills and knowledge) learning and communicative understanding (about values and beliefs), and how it was applied in the socio-economic context of PNG.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:action research, training needs, visual ethnographic technique, participation
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural production not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Palaniappan, G (Dr Gomathy Palaniappan)
UTAS Author:Bonney, L (Associate Professor Laurie Bonney)
UTAS Author:Birch, C (Associate Professor Colin Birch)
ID Code:117458
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-06-15
Last Modified:2018-07-20

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