Our Success Stories

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.

The PPAP has developed a model approach that facilitates the realisation of the 3 project objectives. Our partners for objective 1 are undertaking 4 different activities:

  • Industry coordination and policy development
  • Communication and information management systems
  • Quality and sustainability management
  • Project management and monitoring and evaluation

Some of our success stories for objective 1 are presented below.  More information is displayed in the sidebar.

Ilugi cooperative gets Paris recognition

Award winning growers from the South Pacific receiving their Cocoa of Excellence certificates at the 18th International Cocoa Awards ceremony in Porte de Versailles, Paris.

Growing and producing cocoa in the backyard to meet national and international standards is a tremendous feat for Sam Mori and the 500 members of the Illugi Cooperative in East New Britain province.  The Illugi Cocoa Cooperative was recently awarded the acclaimed International Cocoa of Excellence certificate at the 18th International Cocoa Awards ceremony in Porte de Versailles, Paris. The Illugi Cooperative was one of two successful entries from PNG that made the top 50 cocoa samples from the world competing for the 2017 edition of the Cocoa of Excellence program at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris. The other PNG entry was the Kulili Plantation of Karkar, Madang Province. The event was held at the Porte de Versailles from 27th October to 1st November 2017.

The Illugi cocoa rehabilitation extension and training project was a partnership scheme funded by the PNG Cocoa Board’s Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) from 2012 to 2017.  The 4-year project was managed by the ENB Development Corporation.

Promoting the world’s best cocoa at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris.

In early 2017, the PNG Cocoa Board undertook a nationwide cocoa sampling for the 18th International Cocoa Awards.  The samples from around PNG were later evaluated by international judges at the PNG Cocoa Warwagira Festival in Kokopo, East New Britain Province. The Illugi Cooperative won the best cocoa cooperative award in PNG, beating hot favourites Watut Cocoa Cooperative, which had become a national icon following its success at the previous International Cocoa Awards. Chairman Mori of Illugi Cooperative was a happy man during the national awards ceremony in Kokopo, and even more excited after the Illugi Cooperative cocoa sample was selected to enter the International Cocoa Awards in Paris, France.

Mr. Mori was supported financially by the PPAP Cocoa component to attend the awards ceremony in Paris.  There were many cocoa development competitors in the region stretching from the farthest island in the Pacific Ocean of Hawaii to India in Asia. Up to 500 members of the Illugi Cooperative who participated in the PPAP partnership project can now be proud that their cocoa is amongst the world’s top 50 in terms of quality.

Source: Post Courier, 15 November 2017

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