Project Activities

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, information exchange and market development.

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

These 4 activities are described below.  More information is displayed in the sidebar.


Industry coordination and policy development

The PPAP has developed a model approach that supports productive partnerships between smallholder farmers, farmer groups and the private sector.

The Cocoa Board of PNG is responsible for building trust between public and private stakeholders and ensuring public agencies are more responsive to the needs of the private sector through sectoral dialogue and policy development.

Under the PPAP, the Cocoa Board provides the Secretariat for the Industry Coordination Committee (ICC) which oversees high priority activities, such as:

  • Ensuring the financial sustainability of the Cocoa Board
  • Revision of the Cocoa Board Act
  • Supporting the development of an industry development plan

Communication and information management systems

The PPAP supports the provision of training and awareness activities and resources.

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 communication and information management.

This work includes the delivery of targeted communication campaigns identified by the industry, and the development of effective information management systems addressing current gaps in the collection, generation and dissemination of technical and market information to stakeholders.


Quality and sustainability

The PPAP supports the establishment of solar combination dryers which use both solar energy and wood to process high quality cocoa beans.

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.

This work includes the following high-priority activities:

  • Assessing the status of cocoa fermenteries;
  • Re-training fermentery owners, traders and inspectors in view of the cocoa pod borer (CPB) impact on cocoa quality;
  • Strengthening the capacity of the Cocoa Board to carry out fermentery inspections;
  • Studies on potential changes to PNG export standards and licensing regulations in response to the impact of the CPB.

Project management and monitoring and evaluation

The PPAP supports eight partnerships in East Sepik, Madang and Morobe Provinces (Momase Region).

The Cocoa Component of the PPAP is executed by the Government of PNG through the National Department of Agriculture and Livestock and the Cocoa Board of PNG.

The Project Management Unit (PMU) is located at the Cocoa Board of PNG headquarters in Kokopo (Islands Region). There are 2 more regional PMUs in Arawa (Autonomous Region of Bougainville) and Madang (Momase Region), and 1 sub-regional office in Maprik (East and West Sepik Provinces). The PMUs are responsible for overall project management and performance in the provinces that they cover.

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