Coffee partnership program to start soon

The World Bank project on ‘Productive Partnership in Agriculture Program (PPAP) – coffee component – in Papua New Guinea will be calling for partnership proposals in mid September this year. 

PPAP Project Manger David Freyne expressed this during the kick-start of project awareness in Goroka on August 12, 2011.

Mr Freyne said the main aim of the project is to get coffee and related services right down to the smallholder coffee farmers at the village level.  

He cautioned coffee stakeholders; including farmers and representatives of provincial and national governments; that the project will not be like another NADP (National Agriculture Development Program) program for them to milk on, but will serve genuine organisations and farmer groups.

“All partnership agreements will be screened thoroughly using World Bank standards and guidelines,” said Mr Freyne.

He said the partnerships will included the PPAP, lead partners with an annual income of more than K3 million, and co-partners involving farmers numbering about 100 to 250, with varying coffee needs from extension to post harvest, tools and marketing infrastructure – among others.

Mr Freyne hinted that PPAP would meet 70 per cent of the total project cost and the lead partner and co-partner will be collectively required to settle the balance.

The awareness was also conducted in Kainantu and will continue to Simbu and Mt. Hagen (including Jiwaka).

Information on project proposal outline, selection criteria, partnership ideas, implementation and other related queries can be obtained from Mr Freyne on:

Project Manager – PPAP Coffee Component, Coffee Industry Corporation, P O Box 137, Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, Telephone: (675) 531 1284, Facsimile: (675) 532 1351, E-mail: ppap@goroka.cic.org.pg, Facsimile: (675) 532 1351, E-mail: ppap@goroka.cic.org.pg

Source: PNG Coffee Industry Corporation

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