Fairtrade in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is an island country lying in the south-western Pacific with Indonesia to the west and Australia to the south. It is mainly breathtaking mountains but also includes low lying plains and several active volcanoes.
Although it’s a resource rich country, nearly 40% of the 8.8 million people who live in PNG are in poverty. Around 80% of the population derive their livelihood from farming with most dependent on subsistence and small cash-crop agriculture. There are significant issues with violence towards women and children, and business and political corruption.
Our work in PNG is focused on building business capacity in producer organisations through support with accounting, business collaborations and supply chain development. We also do extensive training in coffee quality improvements, gender equality and adaptation to climate change. In addition, we are currently conducting a study around carbon trading in PNG.