Sweet-potato farmers in Papua New Guinea will be pleased to learn of the recent graduation of Dr Norah Omot, who received a PhD from the University of Canberra in March 2011.
Dr Omot is a Director at PNG’s National Agricultural Research Institute. Her studies, sponsored by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) through a John Allwright Fellowship, identified weaknesses in the process of bringing the vegetables from production to market in PNG.
“In particular, I looked at what consumers want and whether suppliers are meeting their needs,” Dr Omot said of her thesis; ‘Long distance marketing sweet-potato from the highlands of Papua New Guinea: an analysis of consumer preferences and suppler responsiveness’.
Dr Caroline Lemerle, ACIAR’s research program manager for agricultural systems management, recognised Dr Omot’s PhD as a valuable contribution to agricultural development in PNG. Read more here