MADANG will host a three-day inaugural National Agriculture Research Systems (NARS) policy forum starting today.
The forum will focus on agricultural research for development, aimed at bringing research evidence into policy analysis to better inform national development policies and investment strategies .
The forum is facilitated by the Agricultural Research and Development Support Facility, which is a support programme by the Australian Government under AusAID to Papua New Guinea aimed at improving service delivery in the agriculture sector.
Participants from the NARS comprises of the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC), Cocoa Coconut Institute (CCI), National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA), Oil Palm Industry Corporation (OPIC) and Oil Palm Research Association (OPRA).
The forum will discuss: • Raising the profile of the issues of smallholder agricultural producers and value chains, rural livelihoods, food security and agricultural research for development; • Supporting knowledge-sharing about rural poverty and food security among researchers, policymakers and civil society groups to improve policymaking and reduce rural poverty more effectively; • Formulating core messages to reflect these issues and promoting a coherent policy voice among the NARS organisations and partner agencies in these areas; and, • Enhancing participation and advocacy from all stakeholders in the rural sector, but particularly those representing men and women rural smallholders, ensuring their voices are heard in national policy dialogue, analysis and policy formulation.
Agriculture and Livestock Minister Sir Puka Temu will officially open the forum. Guests will include Chief Secretary Manasupe Zurenuoc, Madang Governor James Gau, representatives from CACC, AusAID and other donor representatives.
The participants will go on field visits to observe projects and businesses in Madang, including a scheduled visit to a NARS research station and a plantation estate.
Source: The National, September 29, 2011