GROW PNG IS BASED IN LAE, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, THE GATEWAY TO THE MARKHAM VALLEY AGRICULTURAL CORRIDOR.
Message from Grow PNG's Executive Director
Grow PNG celebrated its one-year anniversary in May 2020. Over the past 12 months, we have achieved many successes – established our office, completed our governance requirements, and now have a full team in place.
By the end of 2019, we started several important tasks such as soil sampling in the Markham region and land access consultations. Our intention for 2020 was to focus on stakeholder engagement, roll out vital and relevant learning events, and build our profile in the marketplace through communications efforts. However, in these unprecedented times of COVID-19, we have had to review our strategy to adjust to the challenges presented to ensure we continue progressing in our work.
I am sure that all stakeholders, locally and globally, are grappling with the new realities brought upon by the pandemic. We must evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on farming and understand the extent of disruptions put upon the supply chain. Stakeholders in the agriculture sector need to address priority issues such as food security and the sustainability of the country's food supply chain. We see technology playing an important role during COVID-19 and this role will become more defined in the future.
Our focus remains on improving the livelihoods of farmers by 20% in the Markham region. It is a tall order but a goal that must be achieved and will be achievable when we engage different levels of stakeholders – farmers, community, agribusinesses and government. The Markham region plays an important role in shaping a national agenda on food security, industrial growth and agriculture-based employment generation.
Grow PNG is looking forward to establishing this agenda once we have the data on the Markham region and results from our land access initiative. Our work with small to medium enterprise will focus on the interface between farmers and agribusinesses which provide the markets for small agricultural growth. In our view, these insights will help us evaluate the valley’s potential contribution to agriculture growth in Papua New Guinea.
Ivan Pomaleu, OBE
Grow Asia is a unique multi-stakeholder partnership platform that brings together farmers, governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders in Southeast Asia to lift the productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability of smallholder agriculture in the region.