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Partners : Partners: Papua New Guinea
20 AGROFORESTRY SPRING 2012 PARTNERS Now, ACIAR is building on those foundations by encouraging the adoption of commercial-scale, high-value tree growing by communities in two regions of PNG. These ventures are being fostered through relationships between landowners and selected business partners and non-government organisations, with scientists providing technical support. As a result, more diverse, sustainable and profitable production systems are slowly appearing in PNG as agroforestry with a commercial twist is adopted by farmers. resources can be established, commercial tree species appear a good prospect for landowners with otherwise limited income- generation alternatives. ACIAR also identified suitable tree species, production systems, candidate regions and partners for commercial timber production. Farmers learned how to grow and plant high- value trees such as teak and Eucalyptus pellita. Within a few years farmers were able to sell E. pellita poles for house construction and teak trees should provide substantial incomes for farmers in 20-30 years' time. MONEY CAN GROW ON TREES A tradition of including trees within traditional farming systems is being given a modern twist in Papua New Guinea by the inclusion of commercially valuable species that also provide in-country opportunities to further develop timber processing ventures. BY PAUL JONES Everywhere in Papua New Guinea (PNG), trees and their management are incorporated into both traditional and modern farming systems. Given this natural tendency to combine agricultural and forestry production systems---a farming technique called agroforestry---ACIAR saw an opportunity to improve farmer livelihoods by supporting the cultivation and processing of commercially valuable tree species. In a now completed project, ACIAR determined that where a critical mass of
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