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.

World Bank impressed with PPAP outcomes

Hosea Turbarat – Kairak Vudal Resource Training Centre Manager – at his model cocoa block in East New Britain Province.

Three World Bank representatives were impressed to see a lot of progress in the productive partnerships in agriculture project (PPAP) that is having a positive impact on the lives of farmers. Last Wednesday they visited the Kairak Vudal Resource Training Centre (KVRTC) and were briefed on the progress work of KVRTC as one of the lead partners in the productive partnerships in agriculture project (PPAP). KVRTC manager Hosea Turbarat then took the team to visit the farmers at different sites.

The three World Bank officers were: Director, Strategy and Operations for East Asia and Pacific Region – Xiaoqing Yu, Country Manager for PNG – Patricia Veevers-Carter, and Manager Portfolio and Operations for PNG and Pacific Islands – Mona Sur. Ms Sur got involved with PPAP since the start in 2012. She said:

“I was very impressed to see a tremendous amount of progress. The project has really had a positive impact on the lives of farmers as the testimonies given by farmers demonstrated strong partnership fostered between the lead partners and the farmers.

She said it was one of the successful projects that is responsible for rejuvenating the cocoa industry in East New Britain, which was under the threat of the cocoa pod borer. Ms Sur hoped that when the project winds down, the facilities and partnership created will be sustained. The project will end in June but will extend for another six months. She said the World Bank is also having discussions with the PNG government for another phase of assistance in agriculture.

On behalf of the University of Natural Resources & Environment and the 3,000 cocoa farmers, Mr Turbarat thanked the World Bank for its huge contribution to revive cocoa production in ENB. KVRTC got involved in the project since its establishment in 2012. KVRTC looks after five projects under the PPAP. So far KVRTC had distributed almost one million clones to about 3000 farmers in the five projects. Majority of the cocoa farmers visited shared many testimonies on how cocoa has relieved the burden of school fees amongst a host of positive outcomes. For a hectare, each famer is producing almost a tonne of dried cocoa beans per harvest. For instance, the Baining Cooperative sold 346 bags of dried cocoa beans in December and had 43 bags ready for sale when the team visited.

Source: Post Courier, 5 February 2019

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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