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Partners : Partners September 2012
PARTNERS SPRING 2012 3 contents PNG's scientific evolution 16 With its dependence on agriculture, Papua New Guinea is gaining value from developing the scientific expertise of its people. Growing biosecurity 18 Pests and disease outbreaks in the production systems of coffee, coffee, cocoa, coconuts and oil palm have the potential to seriously affect Papua New Guinea's economy. Australian biosecurity expertise is helping to find solutions. Money can grow on trees 20 The combination of agricultural and forestry production systems is providing Papua New Guinean farmers with an opportunity to improve their livelihoods through the development of timber processing ventures. A profitable patch 24 Population growth, increasing migration from rural to peri-urban areas and the expansion of the gas and mining industries have led to greater demand for higher-value food products in Papua New Guinea. More than just chicken feed 26 Science from an ACIAR project is being put into action in remote villages in Papua New Guinea, where poultry feeds formulated with a portion of local resources are being tested to see if they are more financially viable than commercial options. Celebrating women's contribution to agriculture 28 Celebrations for International Women's Day and the Global Conference on Women in Agriculture acknowledge the important role of women in agriculture in Papua New Guinea. Cleaning up potato production 30 The Crawford Fund and ACIAR have provided three Papua New Guinean scientists with essential specialist training that will provide substantial food security benefits for key crops. PAPUA NEW GUINEA PARTNER COUNTRY For further information contact: ACIAR Communications and Public Affairs, +61 2 6217 0500 Letters from readers are welcome, and should be addressed to: The Editor Partners in Research for Development, ACIAR GPO Box 1571, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia Executive editor: Warren Page, ACIAR Email: email@example.com Photos: All photos ACIAR unless credited Managing editor: Brad Collis, Coretext Pty Ltd, coretext.com.au Editor: Dr Gio Braidotti, Coretext Pty Ltd, coretext.com.au Design and production: Coretext Pty Ltd, +61 3 9670 1168 Partners in Research for Development is the flagship publication of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Partners presents articles that summarise results from ACIAR-sponsored research projects and puts ACIAR research initiatives into perspective. Technical inquiries will be passed on to the appropriate researchers for reply. Reprinting of articles, either whole or in part, is welcomed, provided that the source is acknowledged. This publication is freely available from ACIAR's website at <aciar.gov.au>. It is also freely available on request from ACIAR. The use of a trade name does not constitute any endorsement of, or discrimination against, any product by ACIAR. PROJECTS FIS/2008/023 Increasing production from inland aquaculture in PNG for food and income security (page 11) PC/2008/011 Strategies using floriculture to improve livelihoods in indigenous Australian and Pacific Island communities (page 13) ASEM/2006/023 Re-commercialisation of the PNG pyrethrum industry and improving harvested yields in Australia (page 14) FST/2010/013 Developing markets and products for the PNG Canarium nut industry (page 15) PC/2006/114 Managing cocoa pod borer in PNG through improved risk incursion management capabilities, IPM strategies and stakeholder participatory training (page 18) PC/2004/064 Biological control of mile-a-minute (Mikania micrantha) in PNG and Fiji (page 19) FST/2006/120 Increasing downstream value adding in PNG's forest and wood products industry (page 20) FST/2009/016 Improving the PNG balsa value chain to enhance smallholder livelihoods (page 22) SMCN/2008/032 Sustainable vegetable production in Central Province, Papua New Guinea (page 24) ASEM/2005/094 Improving the profitability of village broiler production in PNG (page 26) All photos by Paul Jones unless otherwise credited.
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