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An integrated approach to a vegetable research, development, extension and training project in a developing country, Papua New Guinea

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-23, 11:41 authored by Birch, CJ, Lawrence Bonney, Sparrow, L, Richard DoyleRichard Doyle, Palaniappan, G, Boersma, M, Alistair GracieAlistair Gracie, Chambers, B
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 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 young people and women in production and marketing activities. Production research concentrating on resource assessment, adaptation and performance of selected temperate vegetables were undertaken over 3 years in contrasting 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. 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.

History

Publication title

Acta Horticulturae

Volume

1128

Editors

A Gracie, M Taguchi, G Rodgers, F Appiah

Pagination

111-116

ISSN

0567-7572

Department/School

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)

Publisher

International Society for Horticultural Scinece

Place of publication

Belgium

Event title

XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes: International Symposium on Horticulture in Developing Countries and World Food Production

Event Venue

Brisbane, Australia

Date of Event (Start Date)

2014-08-17

Date of Event (End Date)

2014-08-22

Rights statement

Copyright 2016 ISHS

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Field grown vegetable crops

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