Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade in Papua New Guinea (PNG STREIT) Project

PNG STREIT project is funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and managed by The World Bank (WB) for the Greater Sepik Region.

The objective of STREIT project is to increase sustainable economic development of rural areas. There are two components of this project with sub-components as listed below:

Component 1: Value chain development (FAO lead)

What will the STREIT project do?

  • Sustainable and inclusive value chain development.
  • Focus on local SME development, linked to the enabling environment component.
  • Specific support for women and youth.
  • Strong investments in cocoa, vanilla and fisheries.

1.1 Cocoa

  • Budwood gardens, provision of Cocoa Pod Borer (CPB) resistant varieties, building on local capacities;
  • Solar driers for fermentaries;
  • Improved cocoa plantation management;
  • Grading, sorting, marketing information;
  • Enterprise development, business skills development;
  • Improved market access, branding and packaging of value-added products; and
  • Certification schemes – Organic product labelling, Genetic Improvement and Carbon neutral.

1.2 Vanilla

  • Quality improvement, grading and certification;
  • Renewable energy powered drying facilities;
  • Improved market information and access, including international markets;
  • Enterprise development, business skills development;
  • Certification schemes – Organic product labeling, Genetic improvement and Carbon neutral;
  • Improved planting materials; and
  • Improved productivity.

1.3 Fisheries (riverine, in-reef and aquaculture).

Dual purpose:

  • Diversification of fisheries for enterprise development; and
  • Fish for food security and nutrition.

Fisheries (Inland fisheries):

  • Improvement of fishing efficiency and returns;
  • Transport safety and equipment; and
  • Fisheries cold chains and market improvement.

Fisheries (riverine):

  • Improvement of fishing efficiency and returns;
  • Improved transport safety and equipment;
  • Smoking/drying using thiaroye smokers;
  • Marketing and enterprise development; and
  • Cold chains.

Fisheries (aquaculture):

  • Set up of new hatchery/stock (NFA partnership?);
  • Improved feed and management;
  • Marketing and enterprise development; and
  • Cold chains


  • Household level – improved stoves;
  • Dryers for Vanilla and other foods;
  • PV panels for agro-processing enterprises and households;
  • FR/Knowledge Centres;
  • Local schools/hospitals (UNDP); and
  • Energy policy (UNDP).

Component 2: Enabling Environment (with United Nations Partners)

What will the PNG STREIT project do?

  • Improved production, processing and competitiveness of MSME’s;
  • Increased market access and trade;
  • Provide technology and advice for improved service delivery;
  • Improved business environment and banking (UNCDF);
  • Enhance telecommunication coverage and accessibility to information and use of ICT, eAgriculture (ITU);
  • Introduce high efficiency stoves and renewable energy; and
  • Improved use of renewable energy at public facilities (UNDP).

Road maintenance and repair, bridges, jetties and infrastructure

  • Feeder roads upgrading, repair and maintenance, labour intensive;
  • Community engagement for sustainability;
  • Bridges – link to Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA);
  • Jetties and landing sites; and
  • Feasibility for improved air transport.

Approach used by the World Bank to Implement PNG STREIT project

  • In close collaboration with Government agencies and parastatals – Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM), Cocoa Board, Spice Board, Department of Agriculture and Livestock, National Fisheries Authority, Department of Works, Trade and Industry etc., Public Private Partnership in Agriculture (PPAP) type collaborations;
  • Partnering directly at Central, Provincial and District level, monitoring and evaluation, joint work planning and synchronization and using extension agents where available;
  • Service providers and collaborators: Women in Agriculture, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and the private sector; and
  • United Nations (UN) Partners – joint work planning, shared officers, Project Steering Committee (PSC) review.
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