This project aimed to improve the profitability and vitality of smallholder cocoa farming families and communities in Papua New Guinea.

Bougainville is an autonomous province in Papua New Guinea recovering from a decade-long crisis that significantly disrupted the society and economy. Before the crisis, cocoa was a major contributor to the economy; more than 80% of Bougainvilleans produced cocoa.

The project sought to foster and strengthen public and private sector partnerships and develop enterprises that enhance productivity and access to premium markets, while promoting gender equity, community health and well-being.

Project Code: HORT/2014/094
Commissioned Organisation: University of Sydney
Project Leader: David Guest
Collaborating Institutions:

Project Budget: $6 million
Project Duration: February 2016 – December 2021
Research Program Manager: Irene Kernot

  1. To improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of cocoa farming and related enterprises
  2. To understand and raise awareness of the opportunities for improved nutrition and health to contribute to agricultural productivity and livelihoods
  3. To foster innovation and enterprise development at community level
  4. To strengthen value chains for cocoa and associated horticultural products