Women in Papua New Guinea to Play Stronger Role in Agriculture

Port Moresby – World Bank – Friday, 27 September 2013

Papuan woman standing by her crops

A project is supporting cooperatives to strengthen women’s roles, helping women gain more respect in the agriculture sector.
Image: Laura Keenan/The World Bank

Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEAIn 2006 the cocoa pod borer, a crop disease, decimated the cocoa of thousands of small farmers in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain province. In total, the pest destroyed more than 80 percent of cocoa production, which took a devastating hit on the local economy.

Florence Mormor’s cocoa blocks were among the first to be infected.

“I had worked so hard to maintain my cocoa. It killed my morale. At that time, it was hard, really hard, to find the will to go on . . . ”

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