A new Sub-regional Strategic Opportunities Paper for the Pacific Islands, being formulated September 2012 through March 2013, is scheduled for submission to the IFAD executive Board in September 2013. It will cover IFAD activities in the Pacific Islands, including Papua New Guinea, for the period 2013-2018.
This will replace the current framework for development collaboration with Papua New Guinea, the 2004 Sub-regional Strategic Opportunities Paper for the Pacific Islands. Collaboration with Papua New Guinea under the 2004 IFAD subregional strategy has introduced development innovations in selected poor rural communities throughout the Pacific Island countries. These include parts of Melanesian countries and the remote outer islands of Polynesian and Micronesian countries, all of which show increasing hardship for rural poor people. The development of agriculture and rural sectors in the outer islands has become a cornerstone of IFAD's strategy in Pacific Islands Countries. The IFAD Papua New Guinea country programme has distinguished itself through excellent work in community empowerment in the outer islands.
IFAD's most recent multi-sectoral analyses of the situation in Papua New Guinea can be found in the IFAD Rural Sector Performance Assessment (RSP): Investing in the Rural Poor – Papua New Guinea.
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Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP), cofinanced with the World Bank
The main objective of the project is to improve the livelihoods of smallholder cocoa and coffee producers through improvement of the performance and sustainability of value chains in cocoa- and coffee-producing areas. A key outcome for the project is strengthening the institutional capacity and coordination of the key industry bodies contributing to improved sector policies. The project will strengthen public/private partnerships in line with IFAD’s private-sector development and partnership strategy.
History of IFAD's work in Papua New Guinea
IFAD’s work to address issues of rural poverty directly impacts hunger and poverty, and also improves local capacity by increasing coping skills. Since 1983 IFAD has supported 3 projects in Papua New Guinea, with a Total Project Cost of $74.79 million, of which loans total US$33 million. [more] Papua New Guinea has also been included in a regional grant programme for the Pacific Island Countries.
Country-level investment projects financed by IFAD in Papua New Guinea:
North Simbu Rural Development Project and South Simbu Rural Development Project
Artisanal Fisheries Project
Regional IFAD-financed programmes for several countries, including Papua New Guinea:
Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (FSSLP/FAO-1180) [more]
FoodSTART: Root and Tuber Crops Research & Development Programme for Food Security in the Asia and the Pacific Region (CIP-1239) [more]
KS-Asia: Programme for Development of Knowledge Sharing Skills (FAO-1179) [more]
Mainstreaming Rural Development Innovations Programme in the Pacific (MORDI) [more]
Programme for Accelerating the Financial Empowerment of Poor Rural Communities in Asia and the Pacific through Rural Finance Innovations (APRACA/FINPOWER) [more]
Programme for Knowledge Networking for Rural Development in Asia/Pacific Region (ENRAP3) [more]
Papua New Guinea Development, and Project Beneficiaries
As may be seen in IFAD's Rural Sector Performance Assessment (RSP), entitled "Investing in the Rural Poor - Papua New Guinea", the country faces a multiplicity of challenges involving resource exploitation, remote populations, education, gender issues, climate change and governance.
For the PPAP project, as mentioned in the IFAD President's report,
The target group will comprise small farmers, producers, women and youth. The proposed project will initially cover two distinct geographical areas. For cocoa, the areas are coastal, comprising the province of East New Britain and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, which together represent about 70 per cent of the total cocoa area. For coffee, the project will initially cover the provinces of the Eastern Highlands, Jiwaka and Simbu, which together produce over 90 per cent of the coffee.
As mentioned in the IFAD President's report on the PPAP project,