PhD graduate gives PNG smallholders a sweeter outlook

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 Norah Omot

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

Source: ACIAR

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