Location:Hela Province – PNG
Impact:500 by 2020
Partners:Oil Search


Hela Province is located in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. The Province has significant socio-economic problems with little economic stimulus to drive development. Exhibiting some of the highest rates of extreme poverty anywhere in the world, rural communities in PNG find it difficult to progress beyond subsistence living. However, common to many families living in these communities is the prevalence of pig ownership. The creation of market supply opportunities will create income streams not previously accessed by these farming families in the highlands.

With Oil Search having production in the region, they have vested interest in supporting the local community to be economically empowered.


Developing an outgrower based business with the potential to significantly improve farmer livelihoods in Hela Province. With the support Oil Search Ltd, a specialist company was formed for this purpose, Hilans Pik, which has been trialling pig production using root crops for feed and animal husbandry practices that would enable village pig production at an improved scale and quality to supply markets in the rapidly developing province.


By 2020 the project aims to have 500 smallholder farmers in its value chain. The initiative has been made possible by Oil Search Ltd as it works to create a sustainable future for communities in extreme poverty across PNG.