Cocoa Growing Support, Papua New Guinea

Wednesday, 18 September, 2013

Cocoa Growing Support, Papua New Guinea

A World Bank story on how women farmers in Papua New Guinea were helped to restart small-scale commercial farming following a blight:

“Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA -- In 2006 the cocoa pod borer, a crop disease, decimated the cocoa of thousands of small farmers in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain province. In total, the pest destroyed more than 80 percent of cocoa production, which took a devastating hit on the local economy.”

This is a good template for ground level work (US$50m spent overall in country partnership) supporting growth of cottage gardens and replanting, which has reinvigorated a near –destroyed economy. Supplying seeds can be a simple and highly effective way to assist communities with developing local economies.

World Bank Programme