by Lucia Carrillo, Peixun Fang, Katrina Kosec, and Emily Schmidt
Eighty seven percent of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) population lives in rural areas, and the majority of adults work in agriculture. With almost 40% of the population below the poverty line, improving efficiency throughout the entire agrifood value chain is critical to foster greater economic growth and poverty reduction. It is also critical that those efforts promote inclusive growth and gender equality so that women and men participating in the value chain benefit equally from investments in its development.
These considerations are especially important in light of the government’s commitment in recent years to advance gender equality and women’s rights from a low base.
In our recent study, summarized in a project note, we looked at how agricultural value chain efficiency and gender inclusiveness in PNG could be improved in a coordinated effort.