Ripple Effect Mapping helping us look at how families understand the ideas of a family team

The University of Canberra (UC) and CARE PNG have both been using a family teams approach to train women farmers and their families. CARE have focused on coffee and our UC project team has been focusing on food crop production. We are now partnering with CARE to look at how families understand the ideas of a family team. Gloria Nema, our Research Officer, has used Ripple Effect Mapping as a key tool in this research. Click here to view the e-poster presented at the Australasian Evaluation Society Conference in Canberra (September, 2017) describing the tool and its potential for use in evaluating other extension programs/projects in rural communities of PNG. For further information, please feel free to contact Gloria

Monograph: Building gender equity through a Family Teams approach

A new monograph Building gender equity through a Family Teams approach has been released. The monograph describes the approach to farmer learning and agriculture extension termed the ‘Family Teams’ program.  The approach was developed within the research development phase of the project. The Family Teams program enables farming families to explore issues of gender and culture within families, seeking to encourage more effective, sustainable and gender-equitable farming and business practices. Click here to download the full monograph.

Welcome to new staff members

We are pleased to welcome two new staff members to our PNG teams. Anna Umba will begin on July 25th on a nine month contract with the Baptist Union based in Mount Hagen as the Assistant ACIAR Project Officer to Fredah Wantum, the Highlands Hub Leader. This will enable Anna to be involved with the project activities until the end of the year when Fredah resigns to support the communities at Lumusa. The final evaluations that will be conducted in early 2017. Gloria Nema will begin on August 15th on a 14 month contract as a Research Officer, on a jointly funded research project with CARE International. She will be based in Goroka, supervised by Anna Bryan, Coffee Industry Support Project Manager, and will be researching how the Family Teams concept has been understood and applied in three areas: Eastern Highlands (CARE’s Family Business training) Western Highlands (ACIAR project Family Teams training) and East New Britain (ACIAR project Family Teams training). The findings from this will help both CARE and our project further develop our learning materials and training models. Welcome, Anna and Gloria.



Thursday 14 and Friday 15 July 2016

Pacific Adventist University Campus – Port Moresby

This conference presented the lessons learned from a four year project that developed a range of ways to support subsistence farmers move to a more effective approach to farming as a small business. This project was funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and was a partnership between the University of Canberra (Australia) and leading PNG institutions: Pacific Adventist University, National Agricultural Research Institute and the Baptist Union. Presenters included women leaders from the three project sites: Central Province, East New Britain and Western Highlands, partner agencies and Australian and PNG academics.

Themes of the conference included:

  • Developing more equitable farming families
  • Financial and business skills for improved livelihoods
  • Inclusive peer education for farmers
  • Working with farmers with low literacy
  • Connecting communities to local partners

For further information about the conference or any other aspect of this project please email