Objective 1 of the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) intends to strengthen institutional performance and industry coordination; working with existing stakeholder platforms to address issues such as good governance, skills development, extension services, information exchange, market development and crop diversification.
- Industry coordination and policy development
- Communication and information management systems
- Quality and sustainability management
- Project management and monitoring and evaluation
Our main achievements for objective 1 are summarised below. More information is displayed in the sidebar.
Industry coordination and policy development
The Industry Coordination Committee (ICC), which governs the PPAP, has met 26 times to consider Project Management Unit (PMU) progress, and provide technical support and policy recommendations to the Cocoa Board of PNG. The wide representation of capable stakeholders on the ICC has contributed significantly to PPAP’s high performance and good governance to-date.
The ICC has also overseen the delivery of the following outputs which have been funded by PPAP:
- Extension of Cocoa Board head office in Kokopo, and installation of new photocopier;
- Support to EU Standards and Trade Development Facility Project (stainless steel kiln pipes and post harvest processing training);
- Review of Cocoa Board Financial Management;
- Revision of Cocoa Act and Regulations;
- Review of Standards, Licensing and Regulations;
- Preparation of Cocoa Sector Strategic Plan;
- Preparation of Cocoa Company Business Plan;
- Training of Cocoa Board office staff (accounting software and server);
- Training of Cocoa Board office staff in Lae (new structure);
- Training of Cocoa Board extension staff (best practices);
Communication and information management systems
The Cocoa Board of PNG is collaborating with the National Department of Agriculture & Livestock and the Cocoa & Coconut Institute Limited to improve transparency in the cocoa sector through the production and dissemination of technical and market information to stakeholders.
Our achievements to-date include the following outputs which have been funded by PPAP:
- Cocoa Board website;
- Cocoa PMU Management Information System;
- Cocoa Board newsletters (7 issues);
- Cocoa radio drama series (15 programmes);
- Cocoa training video series (10 films) (under production);
- Cocoa extension manual and farmer handbook (English & Tok Pisin);
- Cocoa farmer factsheets (on-going);
- Newspaper supplements and radio broadcasts (ongoing)
- Field days and agricultural shows (ongoing);
- Presentations (e.g. National Agricultural Summit in Port Moresby)
The Cocoa Board of PNG has also embarked on a marketing drive to promote cocoa quality through the staging of the first ever Cocoa of Excellence show in Kokopo, East New Britain Province. The show was an important part of the “flagship program of the Cocoa Board of PNG on promoting cocoa quality”. The Cocoa of Excellence show is now a significant bi-annual event on the Cocoa Board calendar and an integral part of the PNG Cocoa Industry. This year (2019) the Cocoa of Excellence Show will be held in Lae, Morobe Province. This show will prepare cocoa growers for PNG’s entry to the International Cocoa of Excellence competition which is held bi-annually in France.
Quality and sustainability management
The Cocoa Board of PNG is collaborating with industry partners to strengthen quality in the cocoa industry and support the adoption of best farming practices through research and extension activities led by the Cocoa & Coconut Research Institute Limited (CCIL).
Our achievements to date include the following outputs which have been funded by PPAP:
- Renovation of the Tavilo Nursery and water reticulation system at the CCIL premises in East New Britain (ENB) Province;
- Renovation of the Tavilo Training Centre dormitory;
- Installation of new 200 KVA generator at the CCIL premises in ENB;
- Installation of satellite communications system at the CCIL premises in ENB;
- Purchase of 4 motorbikes for extension staff at CCIL;
- Evaluation of poly-propagators at the Tavilo Nursery;
- Renovation of Murnas Nursery at the CCIL premises in Madang Province;
- Certification of PPAP cocoa farmer budwood gardens in the Islands and Momase Regions.
Project management and monitoring and evaluation
The Project Management Unit (PMU) is responsible for overall project management and performance in the cocoa-producing areas.
Annual disbursements have progressively increased over the 8-year project duration. The considerable increase in disbursement from 2017 is a consequence of 18 new partnerships commencing in Call 3 and Up-scaling, as well as the 10 road rehabilitations in East New Britain Province and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. This trend is expected to continue as partnerships complete their activities and the new road rehabilitations in the Momase Region and a new bridge construction in East New Britain Province are completed.