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FAO in Papua New Guinea

Programmes and projects

Priority Area 1: Enhancing equitable, productive and sustainable natural resource management

PNG has globally significant natural assets in forestry, fisheries (tuna) and biodiversity. The government has signalled that under the MTDP2, investments will be focused on developing and strategically positioning these assets to act as pillars of equitable and sustainable growth noting that “their increasing value will help to sustain the strength of the PNG economy going forward through the creation of employment and income, generated from these environmentally significant sectors”.

Expected Outcomes

  • Enhanced capacity to monitor, plan and sustainably manage forests and trees
  • Sustainable harvesting of wildlife species through improved customary management
  • Effective measures in place and being implemented that deter and reduce IUU fishing

Priority Area 2: Strengthening resilience for food security and nutrition

The StaRS advocates that PNG chooses a development strategy that recognizes the changing global circumstances that highlights the fragility of the global ecosystems and places additional value on the environment, climate security, food and water security, and it states that “this approach is smarter even from a pure economic sense”.

Expected Outcomes

  • Development planning and decision making to strengthen resilience in PNG food systems and enhance food and nutrition security is based on sound evidence
  • Improved planning and delivery of food security support services
  • Greater gender equality and women’s empowerment in agriculture to enhance child nutrition and family food security

Priority Area 3: Sustainable and inclusive economic development and job creation in rural areas

With 87 percent of PNG’s population located in rural areas, a population growth rate of 3.1 percent and over 50 percent of the population aged below 24 years, sustainably improving the income generating potential of the agriculture (forestry and fisheries) sector will be critical for providing inclusive economic opportunities particularly for the growing population’s youthful cohort.

Expected Outcomes

  • Income, employment and food security is increase in the area of the intervention
  • Strong and efficient agricultural and fisheries value chain enablers established