Community Livelihood Improvement in the Papua New Guinea LNG Project

Barbara Pamphilon, Mike Bourke, Shirley Tombenna, Owen Hughes, Matthew’wela Kanua, Agnes Siune

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The Papua New Guinea (PNG) LNG project had a direct impact on many rural villagers in the project area. A Livelihood Restoration (LR) program, and later a Community Livelihood Improvement Program (CLIP), was established to assist displaced villagers with food supply and entry into the cash economy. Here we use a case study of the food processing component to focus on gender and social issues addressed through the action research process. Over the period from 2015 to 2017, over 9000 women and men had received some training during the CLIP program, of whom 77 per cent were women. In the food processing component, women and men were trained to produce a variety of dishes. Training was also conducted in preparation of tasty and nutritious meals for the households, basic human nutrition and hygiene. Using the action research process, we modified the program as the situation changed and as we learnt from the successes and failures in the program. Overall, the LR and CLIP programs were very successful. Several positive social outcomes occurred, including improved financial independence of many women, raised status of women in their community and a reduction in domestic violence. Contributions to the program’s success include a gender-balanced team of agricultural, food processing and community engagement specialists; the team learnt from mistakes and modified the program using the action research process; the program was well funded by the PNG LNG Project; and success in the early stages of the program led to ongoing funding once the construction phase ended.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrating Gender in Agricultural Development
Subtitle of host publicationLearnings from South Pacific Contexts
EditorsLilla Singh-Peterson, Michelle Carnegie
Place of PublicationUnited States
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781789730555
ISBN (Print)9781789730562
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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NameIntegrating Gender in Agricultural Development


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