Analysis of National and Institutional Policies in Papua New Guinea that directly or indirectly affect the use of currently underutilized species of crops for food and agriculture.
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The aim of the study undertaken was to analyze national and institutional
policies in Papua New Guinea that directly or indirectly affect the use of
currently underutilized species of crops for food and agriculture.
The report of the above discusses existing policies legal instruments and strategies – or their absence – and their effect on exploiting to the full the real potential of underutilized crops in the country. Possible strategies are proposed for strengthening national and key institutional policy and legal frameworks to enable and further the conservation and sustainable use of underutilized crop and plant species.
There is a brief overview of government policies and strategies in the various sectors, including agricultural development, food security, nutrition and biodiversity conservation, among others. In the educational sphere, mention is made of the lack of emphasis on underutilized crop species both for study and research, while a look at the research agenda of PNG’s National Agricultural Research Institute (2006-2010) indicates a special focus on the country’s indigenous crops.
A review is made of the Government’s overall Medium Term Development Strategy for Papua New Guinea 2005-2010, in which there is mention of the importance of ‘traditional foodcrops’ and the need for research on same. The text goes on to highlight the considerable potential for these crops in contributing to poverty alleviation and to an increase in the country’s export earnings.
Finally, as a result of a series of one-day workshops held in the various regions with the original intention of endorsing the results of analyses of policies and strategies emanating from the study, a set of proposals were drawn up. These proposals represent the core of a strategic plan of action, which is directed towards strengthening policies and programs aimed at making a more effective use of Papua New Guinea’s wide range of underutilized plant/crop species.