Launched in 2019, Grow PNG is based in Lae, Papua New Guinea, the gateway to the Markham Valley agricultural corridor. The corridor is on a pathway to rapid agricultural sector expansion driven by a range of crops including palm oil, rice, cassava and sorghum. Much of the corridor’s agricultural potential remains untapped, but a growing local population, growth in the mining sector, massive transport infrastructure development and demand from Asia creates significant opportunities and scope for development.
GROW PNG’S VISION IS TO ACCELERATE THE GROWTH OF THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR IN THE MARKHAM VALLEY BY ENABLING SMALLHOLDER HOUSEHOLDS TO INCREASE THEIR INCOME BY 20% WITHIN EIGHT YEARS. GROW PNG IS DOING THIS THROUGH:
Stronger partnerships and increased trust between civil society, government, agribusiness and farmers
Improved knowledge and information for all stakeholders to make better decisions.
Effective Working Groups addressing collective challenges and unlocking growth through policy changes, new partnerships and new business models
Any organization is welcome to become a partner of Grow PNG and its Working Groups. Partners are expected to have an interest in agriculture in the Markham region, a commitment to supporting smallholders and rural development and an openness to partner with other organizations in a pre-competitive space.