DATA COLLECTION AND MODELLING

Markham Valley Land Map

Grow PNG engaged agritech start-up Enveritas in 2019 to analyze satellite data in the Markham Area. The information captured included weather (annual rainfall, monthly temperatures), terrain (slope, elevation), soil, and other variables that can guide crop selection, planting investments, and agronomic management in the region. 

 

Papua New Guinea University of Technology was also engaged to collect 80 soil samples in the Markham Region and conduct a soil chemical content analysis, specifically looking at nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus content, soil density, and hydrology indicators. 

 

The dataset is now available publicly to support businesses, especially Working Groups, in making more informed decisions. The goal of this dataset is to:

  • allow business leaders to make better decisions around crop selection and planning investments in the valley

  • inspire new entrants to invest in the valley

  • provide the data required to drive policy makers, business leaders, farm groups and civil society to work together on sectoral development

 

Markham Household Income Baseline Survey 

Grow PNG engaged the Markham Students and Staff association to conduct a Baseline Household Income Survey covering three districts of the Markham Valley: Umi-Atzera, Onga-Waffa, and Leron-Wantoat.

The primary objective of the survey is to appreciate and understand the income levels of agricultural activities in Markham while also identifying market access problems faced by farmers. Information such as how much the farmers earn for different crops like banana, watermelon, and peanuts; the distance they travel to a market; which markets they sell their produce to, and availability of space at the markets were analyzed by the survey team. 

The report also indicates opportunities for development of certain crops that have the potential for large-scale commercial market which are currently underdeveloped or need to be redeveloped, such as rice and peanuts. The report is available on the Grow PNG website. 

The report has been shared with partners and stakeholders such as the Markham politicians and district authority, agribusinesses, DFAT and interested organisations. Political leaders in the area intend to use the information to support their district and ward development plans for effective service delivery.

Gender Mainstreaming Page

Grow PNG will focus on supporting its partners' programs and practices that target the female population in the Markham Valley and provide support for women who depend on agriculture for an income. It will help partners improve or enhance their own programs by generating awareness, facilitating knowledge-sharing, training, and sharing tools about gender mainstreaming and inclusion. 

Upcoming plans include:

  • Gender Training/Workshop(s) focused on challenges and opportunities for women farmers. Specific topic and modality will be explored based on partner needs, interest and feedback.

  • Identify and document examples of existing gender inclusion practices. These case studies will be distributed across the Grow PNG and Grow Asia network, with a focus on sharing strategies among partners and encouraging greater attention to gender. 

The Markham Baseline Household Income Survey