THE coffee rehabilitation work under Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) is progressing well towards the new closing date of June 2019.
The coverage in terms of households or farmers participating under PPAP’s coffee rehabilitation effort will increase following Third and Fourth Call for Proposals.
A total of 7,926 households are currently taking part in coffee rehabilitation activities being implemented in partnership with various coffee producers, exporters, NGOs, CBOs and church organizations.
There are 13 partnerships under Call 1 and 2 operating in four provinces namely Eastern Highlands, Simbu, Jiwaka and Western Highlands. Call 1 partnerships ended last year whilst Call 2s ending this year.
The PPAP Lead Partners under the first two calls are Monpi Coffee Exports, CDA Goroka, CDA Gumine, Tarabo, Coffee Connections, Colbrans Coffeelands, New Guinea Highlands Coffee Export, PNGCE – Lahamenegu (Eastern Zone), Anglican Church of PNG, Highlands Arabicas, Rilke Coffee Ltd, Kossem Ltd, Timbuka Coffee Estates Pty Ltd, Mandan Coffee Ltd and PAMSI (Western Zone).
Nine of these partnerships could be up-scaled under Call 4 Proposals.
Updates on Call 3, 4 Proposals
Meanwhile, the 3rd Call for Proposals has progressed to technical evaluation stage and final approval should be made in April. The 4th Call was launched in August 2015 and 66 proposals were received. The majority were rejected for failing to meet eligibility on technical criteria, 12 were invited to proceed to phase two and 9 are being considered for up-scaling.
The PPAP coverage under 3rd and 4th call will extend to other coffee growing provinces with about 18 new partnerships. This will add 12,000 more households to partake in coffee rehabilitation activities.
The possible new provinces to come under PPAP are Southern Highlands, Enga, Madang, Morobe, East New Britain and East Sepik. This will increase the total number of households under PPAP to around 36,000.
Market access program
Also, PPAP’s access infrastructure program under component 3 is working towards improving three access roads in 2016. This includes construction of log bridges. A 5km access road from Nompia to Bibiori in the remote Lamari LLG of Tairora, Eastern Highlands Province will be the first road project for coffee growers in the area to access market. The road will also benefit the general population to connect to other social services like education and health. The area has a population of 20,000 people.
The PPAP is also involving women in the areas under its coverage. Ms Daisy Casopang who manages Timbuka Coffee Limited in Western Highlands Province is the first women Lead Partner of PPAP funding.
The Lead Partner has three co-partner groups operating in the Nebilyer District and Hagen Central in Western Highlands Province, and Avi in Jiwaka Province.
Last year Timbuka Coffee organized a training workshop for 469 smallholder farmers in three districts. Among the participants were 97 female farmers and 53 youths who own coffee gardens. The farmers acquired knowledge and skills in coffee husbandry techniques, coffee harvesting, processing and quality improvement, and coffee marketing.
Women participation will increase in Call 3 and 4.
Integration of PPAP with CIC
The integration of PPAP with CIC is important for coffee rehabilitation efforts to continue after the new closing date of June 2019. Project Manager Potaisa Hombunaka reported that the Project Steering Committee (PSC) was overwhelmed in supporting the coffee PPAP integration into CIC and urged the Cocoa PMU to do the same with PNG Cocoa Board.
In an earlier statement, acting Chief Executive Officer Charles Dambui said CIC is satisfied with the integration and implementation progress of the project, but wishes to see it accelerate in 2016 and onwards to achieve the objectives.
“… CIC is indeed glad that effective September 2015 under Hombunaka’s leadership the PPAP had been fully integrated into CIC which had been long overdue. In support of that CIC recently issued CIC uniforms to PPAP staff to show our unison to all our shareholders.” The PPAP vehicles also do now have CIC stickers.
Mr Dambui further said with a closer effective working relationship between PPAP and CIC staff and upon closure of PPAP in June 2019, the CIC staff will competently continue with the development of the coffee industry using this productive partnership modality. The CIC officers in WHP and Jiwaka are already working in close partnership with PPAP consultants. This will gradually extend to other coffee growing provinces where there are PPAPs.
In other developments, the Project Management Unit (PMU) of PPAP has filled three assisting positions to help with the workload. The new consultants commenced employment in respective assistant positions as of February 2016. Sebastine Sigl is helping with compilation of financial reports and audits from Lead Partners, Alphy Semy is supporting as Component 2 Assistant and Richard Alepa is assisting in the monitoring and evaluation of data or reports from Lead Partners.
Two more staff will join the PMU this year to complete staff ceiling for PPAP to roll out PPAP coffee rehabilitation efforts.
Improvement in Monitoring and Evaluation
The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) section of PPAP verifies project activities as agreed by respective Lead Partners. This year PPAP has introduced some changes to effectively monitor coffee rehabilitation activities being implemented by Lead Partners.
Senior M&E officer Abner Yalu says the improved reporting system in terms of data collection will help project partners to report accurately their activities because it is important for effective and continuous monitoring and evaluation of the project.
“Monitoring and evaluation is not about going out there to find faults. It’s about continuously working closely with Lead Partners to ensure the rehabilitation work is done. We get figures of seedlings raised or purchased but were they actually planted and are they healthy in the field?” explains Mr Yalu.
Some 35 extension officers working for PPAP Lead Partners were introduced to the improved reporting system during a week-long training workshop held at the Coffee Research Institute, Aiyura in February this year.
This month the M&E team travelled to Gumine in Simbu and explained the changes to the Lead Partners.
The Project Management Unit of PPAP is explaining the same to coordinators and data entry clerks of all Lead Partners.
What is PPAP?
The PPAP aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholder coffee producers, and promote rural development and poverty reduction more broadly.
The project aims to:
- Strengthen industry coordination;
- Facilitate links between smallholder farmers and agribusiness, through productive partnerships, for easier access to markets, technologies, and services; and
- Improve critical infrastructure for market access where PPAP farmers are.
The PPAP is a CIC project funded by a loan facility from the World Bank IDA (International Development Association), IFAD (International Fund for Agriculture Development) with counter funding from GoPNG. The project has been extended to June 2019 following additional loan financing from World Bank IDA and IFAD.
PPAP staff inspecting work men constructing a log bridge at Tontona section of the feeder road from Tairora High School to Nompia in the Obura Wonenara electorate, Eastern Highlands Province. PPAP is building 16 similar log bridges that will provide access for machinery and heavy equipment to Nompia where construction of a 5km access road will begin there to connect remote Bibiori farmers and the general population there.