THE Coffee Industry Corporation’s Productive Partnerships in Agriculture (CIC-PPAP) is grateful to International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to sponsor its participation at a recent high-level agriculture forum in Indonesia.
The South-South Forum on ‘Empowering Communities, Strengthening Resilience’ was held in capital city Jakarta on the 8th of August, 2017.
The Project Manager for CIC-PPAP Mr Potaisa Hombunaka attended the international forum with the Secretary for Department of Agriculture & Livestock Dr Vele Pat Ila’ava who attended on behalf of DAL Minister.
They joined other IFAD partners and stakeholders comprising government representatives from Indonesia, PNG and Pacific countries, development partners, civil society and private sector at the forum.
“I am indeed humbled and indebted to IFAD for the invite and funding to attend the forum which was so rich and enlighten to hear from colleagues sharing their experiences and successes and challenges of projects they are implementing in the Pacific and Indonesia.”
“I have returned richer,” said Mr Hombunaka.
The project manager said the rationale behind PPAP coffee is to improve the livelihood of rural population.
“We want to put more money into the pockets of rural farmers or households to improve their wellbeing.
“In the process we can change the lifestyle in villages and communities.
“Therefore the forum was an opportunity for cross learning which reflected on some experiences we’re undergoing here at the PPAP coffee project in 10 coffee growing provinces,” said Mr Hombunaka.
The PPAP coffee project manager had a session sharing PPAP coffee’s experience on the challenges, lessons learned and solutions identified as a way forward to effectively deliver coffee rehabilitation services to rural farmers.
Mr Hombunaka said the IFAD funding extended to attend the first Indonesia Development Forum 2017 on ‘Fighting Inequality for Better Growth’ on 9th and 10th August which was an added bonus.
The IFAD is a co-financier of the PPAP coffee rehabilitation project with World Bank which has been extended to 10 of 16 coffee growing provinces in Papua New Guinea.
The Forum was part of IFAD’s office anniversary celebrations. In August 2016, the IFAD established the Jakarta office so we do not have to go to Rome where the head quarter is based. IFAD is increasing its investment in in Indonesia and the Pacific.
The office also serves as a hub for the wider sub-region, covering the IFAD portfolios in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Pacific Islands, PNG and Timor-Leste.
The PPAP is a CIC project through the Department of Agriculture & Livestock financed by a loan facility from World Bank (IDA) and IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) with counter-funding from PNG Government.
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Potaisa H. Hombunaka (Mr)
PROJECT MANAGER of CIC-PPAP