Research and Learning from the Inside Out: processes, practices and pedagogy of a women's agricultural economic empowerment project in Papua New Guinea

Barbara Pamphilon, Veronica Bue, Fredah Wantum

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Abstract

Smallholder families in Papua New Guinea (PNG) feed the nation and produce income-generating cash crops such as coffee and cocoa. However, agricultural extension has not yet effectively reached many farming families in the country, and many families still work with semi-subsistence practices. As a result, the majority of farming families have insecure livelihoods, with many living below the poverty line. This chapter explores a collaborative research for development project that sought to address this issue.

Using data from two highlands sites in the Western Highlands and Jiwaka provinces, we outline the empowerment processes we developed in both our research and our learning activities. We illustrate how the experiential learning processes enabled women, especially those with low education, to confidently engage in this form of agricultural extension. Our work surfaced the knowledge of both women and men and supported families to determine how to work together in effective and equitable planned farming.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrating Gender in Agricultural Development: Learnings from South Pacific Contexts
EditorsLila Singh-Peterson, Michelle Carnegie
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEmerald
Chapter9
Pages135 - 147
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781789730555
ISBN (Print)9781789730562
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2019

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