Papua New Guinea

Agriculture in Papua New Guinea accounts for 25% of the country’s gross domestic product and provides direct benefits to over 80% of the population. Cash crops ranked by value are coffee, oil, cocoa, copra, tea, rubber and sugar.

The PHAMA Program was launched in PNG in 2015 with a focus on improving market access for the country’s key export industries and to promote industry coordination through the establishment of industry working groups or IWGs.

In November 2018, the program transitioned to a third phase now known as PHAMA Plus which will run through to June 2022. Priority areas identified for PHAMA Plus’ support in PNG are cocoa, coffee, high-value coconut products and fisheries. 

PHAMA Plus will also support work on identified thematic and cross-cutting issues. 



Cocoa is the third most important crop in terms of its economic importance to PNG as it provides direct economic benefit to over 150,000 households who depend on cocoa as a main cash crop. It significantly impacts rural livelihoods and involves both men and women equally on the production side, but men tend to benefit more from the sales of cocoa. A World Bank (2018) study shows that women inv...Read More


PHAMA Plus will build on the success of PHAMA in the coffee sector of Papua New Guinea (PNG) to increase the country’s global competitiveness and open new markets for high value trade. Coffee is one the world’s most widely traded commodities and most valuable industries. About 70 countries produce and export coffee; most of these countries and all others consume it. In mature coffee-importing ...Read More

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