The Coffee Industry Corporation has also been given the mandate to conduct both scientific and economic studies through its Research and Grower Services Division (R&GSD). The aim of these research activities are to improve efficiency and productivity within the coffee industry. Research activities are conducted in lieu of identified farmer needs and are implemented on a demand-driven approach which tries to address these needs. The studies are then documented in a variety of publications and disseminated through various media for stakeholder consumption.
State-of-the-art facilities are located at the R&GSD which provide multi-skilled researchers attached to the division with necessary resources for conducting of specific research activities. Over the years since its establishment research findings have greatly assisted the Papua New Guinea Coffee Industry.
The Research and Grower Services Division located in Aiyura, Eastern Highlands Province, carries out scientific research on the following:
- Crop Improvement – agronomy, breeding, soils and plant nutrition.
- Crop Protection – pathology and entomology.
- Post Harvest – appropriate post harvest technologies, coffee waste management and coffee quality research.
All research activities are designed and implemented to provide a sustainable coffee industry.
This research is conducted by the Industry Operations Division but also R&GSD assists through multidisciplinary efforts. This research program specifically addresses impact projects developed by the CIC through evaluation of the impact these projects have on the livelihood of coffee farmers in the country. The evaluation results are then used as yardsticks to determine the sustainability of each research project and whether it attains its projected impact.