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Partners : Partners: Papua New Guinea
SPRING 2012 PARTNERS BY PAUL JONES O il palm is the most valuable export crop in Papua New Guinea (PNG), supporting about 18,600 registered smallholder families and an estimated 200,000 people. It also drives the cash economies of the five The sustainable route to a vibrant palm oil industry Placing the palm oil industry on a sustainable and environmentally accredited footing is a key concern for Papua New Guinea that is being achieved with a little help from agricultural science. provinces in which it is grown: West New Britain, Northern, Milne Bay, Morobe and New Ireland. Safeguarding the more than K1 billion (A$471 million) derived from exports of oil palm is of critical national importance. ACIAR's partnership with the PNG Government and research agencies helps ensure these economic benefits continue and flow down to smallholders. For the scientists working in PNG through ACIAR support this translates to a strong focus on supporting environmentally sustainable management practices. On the ground, the net results are multi- faceted partnerships between Australia, PNG 6 PALM OIL
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