Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Program Phase: Field Trials
ProgramPartners: Harmony Gold, Outspan PNG, Coffee Industry Corporation
Year Completed: 2019
Harmony Gold’s Hidden Valley mine, situated in Morobe Province, PNG, will close in the coming years. With about 2,100 people either directly or indirectly employed by the mine, most from the region, the economic impact will be significant.
Apart from artisanal mining and farming, there are not many economic opportunities for the Morobe community. With farming in the region being predominantly subsistent, rates of extreme poverty are high. To address this cycle of poverty, stronger links to the market with a viable commercial commodity was required.
The Options Study conducted by Business for Development at the end of 2017 revealed coffee was a viable agronomic avenue to pursue for the communities near the mine, as many farmers had been growing coffee for many years. However, with poor agronomic practices, poor road infrastructure to markets, and a long, fragmented value chain, farmers were receiving little revenue for their efforts. An overhaul of the coffee value chain was required to improve profitability for the farmers.
Business for Development executed a field trial focusing on reinvigorating the local coffee industry and improving livelihood opportunities. The trials started with three communities near the Hidden Valley mine. The following activities were undertaken:
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