Market participation of smallholder agricultural households in Papua New Guinea

Type Working Paper
Language English
Series CAPSA Working Paper No. 108
Year of Publication 2014
Place of Publication
Organization CAPSA-ESCAP
Classification Num. 338.516.4 Wic m
Physical Description xvi, 63 p.
Document Open
Geographic Heading PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Tags THEME 3


This working paper presents the results of an analysis of lowland smallholder agriculture in Papua New Guinea. It presents the results of a study based on a small household survey conducted in the Morobe province of Papua New Guinea in 2012, which the authors believe, offers useful insights into the nature of smallholder agriculture in the lowland districts of the country. It identifies some channels that could contribute to integrating smallholder agricultural households with local, national and regional markets. The paper calls for public policies to enable farmers to absorb production and marketing risks and reduce farm-to-market transaction costs which, in turn, will give farmers incentives to invest in agriculture, enhancing agricultural productivity to produce marketable surpluses and participate effectively in markets to enhance their welfare.