Donor Agencies 



Supporting PNG Agriculture





Back    ACIAR's
corporate mission is to reduce poverty, improve food security and promote sustainable natural resources management through international agricultural research partnerships for the benefit of developing countries and Australia.

For more information on the work of ACIAR in Papua New Guinea contact the below:

Mr. Benard Maladina
ACIAR Manager,
Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific
C/- Australian High Commission Department of Foreign Affairs

Tel:        (675) 325 9333

Ms. Heather Briggs    
Manager, Communications Program
ACIAR House, Traeger Court
Fern Hill Park, Bruce ACT 2617
GPO Box 1571, Canberra ACT 2601

Tel:        61 2 6217 0535
fax:        61 2 6217 0501







Back        ACNARS

The project "Australian Contribution to a National Agricultural Research System" (ACNARS) is an AusAid funded project, which aims to assist to develop the capacity to identify farmer needs, priorities responses, achieve cost-effective results and to communicate these to stakeholders.

In recognition of the excellent work of the DAL Agricultural Information Branch, Publications  Unit, the project has been pleased to provide support to assist with publication and distribution of the PNG Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Harvest Journal. 

Point of Contact:
2nd Floor Vele Rumana,
P O Box 4415,
LAE 411,
Morobe Province,
Papua New Guinea.

Telephone:    (675) 472 0608
Facsimile:      (675) 472 2242



Back    CHINA ODA (Overseas Development Assistance)

China and PNG have reinforced their relationship over the past two years,
leading, to a significant increase in economic, commercial and development 
cooperation. Since
1976 the total assistance provided by the Chinese government to PNG amounts to 
EU70 million, targeting:

  • Infrastructure,

  • and Agriculture Projects.

The program requires further development by the government to utilise fully the Chinese Overseas Development Cooperation, especially in the agriculture sector (food production).



Back     Asian Development Bank

Since PNG's membership in the Asian Development Bank in 1971, the Bank's assistance in the form of concessional loans and technical assistance had always  been in the following sectors with the objective of alleviating poverty:

  • Agriculture,

  • Physical and Social Infrastructure (Transport, Health, Urban Development and environment),

  • Good Governance (Public Sector Finance Management, Planning, Public Sector
     Program support, Reforms etc and Sector Performance),

  • Gender,

  • Private Sector Development and Private Sector Operations.

Cape Rodney Agriculture Development Project (CRADP)

The Cape Rodney Agriculture Development Project (CRADP) was jointly funded in 1988 by the ADB for
 K15 million and PNG Government with a counterpart funding of K14 million. The project takes an 
integrated approach. In 2000 over 3000 hectares were fully developed under rubber with 2026 settlers, 
the project is producing up to 1,200 tons of rubber for export. DAL has arranged for a further 115 block
 holders for loans while those under ADB are beginning to repay their loans. DAL has taken over the 
management of the rubber factory due to miss management by the contractor.  

Major components include:  
       -    Small Holder Settlement Development (Old Plantings)  
       -    New Development (New Plantings)
       -    Community services for block holders  
       -    Infrastructure development


  • To increase natural rubber production for export and generate foreign exchange.
  • To increase household income and improve living standards of the rural population in the 
    project area.
  • To assist in the modernisation and expansion of the rubber industry in PNG.



Back        International Rice Research Institute

 is a non-profit agricultural research and training centre established to improve the well-being of present and future generations of rice farmers and consumers, particularly those with low incomes. It is dedicated to helping farmers in developing countries produce more food on limited land using less water, less labour, and fewer chemical inputs, without harming the environment.




Back    European Union  

Like many other donors the European Union program is based on a five year cycle. 
The current 9th EDF will run from 2001 to 2005 for PNG. Much of the aid that comes 
from EDF is put in government priority sectors, for example in past programs called 
LOME Convention, much emphasis and assistance was placed on Agriculture and Live-
stock, Fisheries and Marine Resources , Culture and Tourism, Energy Supply, Infrastructure (land/Marine). Industry & Trade, Education, Humanitarian Programs, and environment & Conservation.

The current 9th EDF is focused in the following three areas based on past perfor-
mance and lessons learnt in its assistance to 

  • Rural Communities Development Program

  • Human Resource Development Program

  • Governance, Planning and Implementation Strengthening Program.

National Livestock (Sheep) Development  
This program was primarily aimed at developing the local production of sheep. In 2000 some funding was made available by the European Union Stabex funds.

  • To promote and developed viable and sustainable semi-commercial sheep 
    production and by-products in selected provinces.
  • To develop market infrastructure for meat, hide and wool end use at household,
     local and conventional butcher level.




The Japanese ODA has an important program and half of these are in the form of loans. The Grant
Aid of Japan focuses on the following areas:

  • Human Development

  • Public Health and Education,

while the Loan Aid targets the sectors of Energy, Transportation and Agriculture.

Technical Assistance is in the provision of experts by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency
or JICA.

The Embassy of Japan through JICA has donated (3) vehicles worth of a total of PNGK142,765 to the Department of Agriculture & Livestock (DAL).


The First Secretary, Shimizu Ichiro, officially handed over the vehicles to the former DAL Secretary,
Mr. Utula Samana, at a ceremony in Port Moresby.

The vehicles have been allocated to the Grain and rice project to support their extension and
development activities in the Morobe and Central Provinces and to the Eastern Highlands Province to
support the Inland Fisheries activities.

JICA PNG Office,
P O Box 6639,
Papua New Guinea

Tel:        (675) 325 1699 
Fax:       (675) 325 0752
Department of Agriculture and Livestock Contact:
JICA Advisor
Mr. Odashima Nariyoshiu
DAL, Food Security Division
P O Box 2033,
Papua New Guinea.
Tel:    (675) 321 781   Email:
Go to JICA HQ in Japan:        http//




Republic of China (Taiwan) Agricultural Technical Mission to PNG.

The Taiwanese Agricultural Mission under an agreement with the National Department of Agriculture & Livestock have been conducting research and implementing agricultural development programs in the Morobe and Central Provinces since the early 1990s.

Essentially, the programs on rice, vegetable production and the use of small agricultural machinery under the smallholder farm conditions. in addition to directly assisting farmers, the Agricultural Technical Mission is a key player in the production of seeds of the rive variety Taichung Sen 10 (TCS 10), for distribution to rice farmers through out the country.

The Mission has also been heavily involved in training and providing extension services to farmers 
especially on rice and vegetable production. The team members of the Mission together with NDAL 
Food Security Staff at Erap Station and the FAO Special Program were very much instrumental in the 
discussions, organisation and formations of the various farmer groups and associations in the Markham 
District of the Morobe Province.




The key areas of support are human resource development, agriculture, forestry, environmental 
management and technical assistance. However, within its portfolio six areas of concentration have
been identified:

  • Communities and Non-state actors

  • Education and Training

  • Natural Resource development

  • Health

  • Environment

  • Development of NGO support




The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations has had a long and outstanding relations 
with Food and Agricultural Departments in PNG. FAO was involved; in the FishAid Program with the 
Fisheries Authority in Madang, assisted the Department of Agriculture & Livestock in the initial planning 
stages of the National Agricultural; Research Institute, and in taking the lead in the planning. coordination 
and implementation of various International and Regional workshops of which PNG was invited to 
participate as one of the  FAO member States.

FAO's current global emphasis is on Food security, as such FAO and the National Department of Agri-
culture & Livestock (NDAL) in collaboration with the Provincial Division of Agriculture & Livestock (PDAL) 
of the Morobe Provincial Administration initiated and implemented a Pilot Phase of the Special Security
Program in the Markham Valley of Morobe Province from July 1996 to December 2000. The general 
objectives of the program were to improve food security, reduce year to year food production variability 
and to improve the people's access to food in these districts. Four major activities were conducted to
implement program, namely, 

  • Constraints analysis of the farming systems,

  • Intensification of the production system by use of improved technologies,

  • construction and development small-scale  irrigation schemes and diversification of the production 
    systems by integration of small life-stock ( sheep, goats, chicken, ducks and rabbits)

  • Aqua-culture into the farming systems of these communities.

The pilot phase has had a significant impact on people's lives improving access to food for households as
well as creating market avenues for many farmers in the Markham Valley. As such, expansion of the
program in the Markham Valley as well as the extension of the program to other provinces was formulated. Implementation is expected to begin in selected sites from late 2001 onwards through a program of South 
collaboration ( SSC). The SSC program would enable the delivery of technical assistance from more 
advanced developing countries participating in the FAO global Special Program in support of Food Security 
(SPFS) . The proposed SSC program in PNG would be implemented jointly by the FAO, PNG (as a host 
country) and the Republic of the Philippines (as the cooperating country). A pilot phase marketing program 
to support the Food Security is also scheduled to begin in selected Morobe and Eastern Highlands 
Districts from late 2001.

PNG is also a participating member country in the FAO program on:

  • Small Island Developing Nations,

  • Aimed to address and find solutions to issues of vulnerability of small island countries, states or 

Most recently, FAO consultants were involved in analysis of the National Agricultural Systems in PNG and
have given suggestions on possible restructure to make it more effective and efficient. Final
implementation of the recommendations now await the national government deliberations and endorsement.



Back    World Bank

The World Bank has approved 30 IBRD loans and 13 IDA development credits, amounting to EU690 million and 130m respectively. This includes a second Structural Adjustment Loan that was approved in 1995, the second tranche of which was released in January 1997.

The Bank's portfolio in June 1999 amounted to EU117 million, but disbursements did not exceed EU25m per annum in 1998/99, due to problems of absorptive capacity. A EU100 million Structural Adjustment Loan was approved in June 2000 of which EU40m has been disbursed.

The Bank's assistance strategy comprises four elements:

  • Macroeconomics and Structural Reforms

  • Institutional Strengthening

  • Project Support and Technical Assistance

  • Co-ordinate donor assistance to PNG (Consultative Group Meetings)