Case Study: Success in the Making
The Baiyer Valley is an isolated region, situated about 50km north-west of Mt Hagen in the rugged Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. In the past, coffee was grown and harvested in an ad hoc way, usually only to meet the farmer’s immediate financial needs.
Our agronomist initially began working with a group of about 600 women in the region who wanted to explore the economic and social benefits of growing coffee, particularly if it meant better health, education and roads for their community.
During 2013 the women, with the assistance of the men in their community, have increasingly taken a lead role in rejuvenating the aging coffee trees and embarked on farmer training. They have been assisted by grants to buy pruning tools which are hired out to other coffee growers.
Training includes coffee management, pruning, harvesting and processing, financial management and planning. The Ukuni 1 Women’s Association is on target to achieve 4C verification by the end of 2014.
We also began working with a group of 150 widows living in the Highlands with the aim of giving them financial independence and respect within their communities. We trained the widows in coffee farming techniques and established a three hectare demonstration plot. Work will continue with both groups during 2014.