Grant Results Sheet: Linking farmers to Fairtrade markets in Papua New Guinea through ICT to improve livelihoods in remote rural areas

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Grant Results Sheet: Linking farmers to Fairtrade markets in Papua New Guinea through ICT to improve livelihoods in remote rural areas

The project “Connecting Fairtrade Communities to ICT” in Papua New Guinea is a small grant of US$360,000 funded by the Republic of Korea in partnership with IFAD. It was implemented by Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand (Fairtrade ANZ) from November 2013 to June 2016.

The project was designed to contribute to poverty reduction and livelihood improvement among Fairtrade certified and advanced pre-applicant groups in Papua New Guinea by facilitating communication among farmers, processors and traders, and with consumers through enhanced access to ICTs, as they build their own producer to consumer relations.

It aimed primarily to strengthen farmer organizations in planning and developing new and more profitable enterprises by building on better information about markets and collaboration with others in the supply chain.

The programme worked with four Fairtrade certified producer organizations and four pre-applicants to Fairtrade certification. The project targeted nearly 6,000 Fairtrade certified and applicant smallholder coffee and cocoa producers, as well as their families and communities.

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