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Examining women's business acumen in Papua New Guinea: Working with women smallholders in horticulture K atja Mikhailovich, Barbara Pamphilon, Lalen Simeon,

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1 Examining women's business acumen in Papua New Guinea: Working with women smallholders in horticulture K atja Mikhailovich, Barbara Pamphilon, Lalen Simeon, Barbara Chambers, Julio Romero University of Canberra, Pacific Adventist University, NARI, Baptist Union Funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

2 Project activities Baseline Activities Baseline survey Participatory community workshops Interviews Needs analysis Implementation Development Activities Capacity building Exploring family roles workshops Basic financial literacy training Horticulture training Continuous Research and Evaluation Annual village studies Evaluation of training activities Ethnographic case studies Trialing new training processes

3 Baseline methods and participation Interviews: 48 community leaders Participatory community workshops: 333 men and women Capacity building: 62 local community educators Households survey: 329 women heads of households Family teams training: 440 male and female heads of household Needs assessment: 77 youth

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5 Gender Economic Cultural Social/Family Regional/geographic Contextual factors impacting upon women smallholders

6 Opportunities and Challenges IssueChallengesOpportunities Kumbareta Western Highlands Road to main market Limited agricultural training Low levels education and Low literacy Limited financial literacy High school Improved road Training centre Income diversification (New coffee and rice projects) Value adding to food crops Technology uptake (mobile banking) T inganagalip East New Britain Distance to main market Land pressure Impact of CPB Return to cocoa production Attitudes to planning Women’s cooperatives Diversification of income (CPB resistant plants) Value adding to food crops Group loans/ micro-credit


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