Location: Oro Province
“Innovations that are guided by smallholder farmers, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and environment will be necessary to ensure food security in the future.” Bill Gates
Despite vast reserves of natural resources, human poverty continues to persists in Papua New Guinea. The majority of communities depend on subsistence farming. PNG’s Oro Province is prone to natural disasters such as cyclones, flooding or drought. This raises the vulnerability of local communities, and creates a direct need for food security projects.
Agriculture is the major source of cash income for most villagers. Agriculture also provides employment to a large section of the population as traders, transporters and retailers. KTF’s Resilient Kai Kai project works with rural farmers to increase agricultural outputs and improve farming techniques. We do this by helping farmers identify resilient crops and then assist them with establishing seed nurseries. These nurseries provide communities with stronger crops for their community gardens, making them less vulnerable in times of environmental uncertainty. Our program also focuses on teaching sustainable farming techniques to local famers who then disseminate this knowledge throughout the community.
Agriculture is a staple of PNG life and KTF is committed to helping communities get the most out of their agricultural operations.
This project is currently in maintenance as we review the exisiting seed multiplication nurseries and work with local farmers, communities, women’s groups and governments to build in a sustainable model that supports women and is aligned to our other solar-enterprises.