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Vegetables are a major part of the diet in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and demand for temperate vegetables is growing from the emerging middle class and increasing expatriate population

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Birch, CJ and Bonney, L and Sparrow, LA and Doyle, RB and Chambers, B and Palaniappan, G and Boersma, M and Gracie, AJ, Vegetables are a major part of the diet in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and demand for temperate vegetables is growing from the emerging middle class and increasing expatriate population, 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014, 17-24 August 2014, Brisbane, Queensland (2013) [Conference Extract]

Abstract

Vegetables are a major part of the diet in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and demand for temperate vegetables is growing from the emerging middle class and increasing expatriate population. In 2010 we began a number of research, development, extension and training activities (RDE&T) aimed at increasing the capacity of smallholders near Port Moresby to meet this demand. Rapid value chain analysis (RVCA) and appreciative enquiry (AI) methodologies were used to identify priority activities. Initially, qualitative interview, observational and other data were gathered from smallholders, staff of RDE&T bodies and some businesses to gain understanding of their needs and the desired outcomes from RDE&T. This approach revealed priorities for production and resource management research the locations for such research, and activities to improve value chain performance. AI also revealed socio-cultural constraints and needs for training of participants in the value chain, in particular training of youth and women in production and marketing activities. Production research concentrating on resource assessment, adaptation and performance of selected temperate vegetables, and on performance of systems of production ranging from low input (traditional) to high input were undertaken over three years in contrasting topographic environments in Central Province. Training to meet identified needs of key demographic groups (women and their daughters, men and their sons) was designed and implemented through workshops linked to other project activities. This paper describes the processes used in designing this project and discusses how they can be applied in scoping, designing and implementing any RDE&T project in a developing country.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Field:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural Crops
Objective Field:Vegetables
Author:Birch, CJ (Associate Professor Colin Birch)
Author:Bonney, L (Associate Professor Laurie Bonney)
Author:Sparrow, LA (Dr Leigh Sparrow)
Author:Doyle, RB (Dr Richard Doyle)
Author:Palaniappan, G (Dr Gomathy Palaniappan)
Author:Boersma, M (Dr Mark Boersma)
Author:Gracie, AJ (Associate Professor Alistair Gracie)
ID Code:86804
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-10-23
Last Modified:2014-04-30
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