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Enabling Environment

Strategic Objective: Enabling environment (policy, markets, institutions) for sustainable agricultural development influenced

Major strategies

  • Conducive socio-cultural environment influenced
  • Marketing opportunities to agricultural commodities enhanced and utilised by smallholder farmers
  • Institutional arrangements improved and utilised by relevant clients and stakeholders
  • Income opportunities identified for and utilised by farming communities
  • Access to socio-economic services for smallholder farmers improved
  • Improved ability of farming communities to mobilize land for agricultural development

Under the NARI Re-aligned Structure, Enabling Environment is the third Programme of the Institute. The Programme operates both within the wider Institute Framework of NARI to complement the other Programmes as well as to draw expertise from them. This Programme is also considered a National Programme because it takes into account issues of importance outside of the Institute framework, which affect the development of the agriculture sector.  For instance, for sustainable development, the agriculture sector needs a favourable and congenial environment, not only of agro-biophysical conditions, but also of affirmative policies, effective and efficient marketing systems and adequate institutional support and arrangements. Often such environment is not readily available or its development requires special efforts or takes time as an integral part of interactive development process. The Programme aims to influence an enabling environment for sustainable development, hence, its main thrust is to:

  • take stock of existing socio-economic and agriculture development domain environment and their parameters
  • help develop priority and high impact research portfolios
  • understand impact of external factors on the development of farming communities and of the agriculture sector in general
  • understand and project environmental needs of improved technologies
  • design appropriate strategies and policies for influencing such environment, relating to improved technologies
  • develop and utilize appropriate approaches and methods of planning, monitoring and impact assessment

The above are addressed through various areas of research such as:

  • socio-cultural and economic research
  • impact assessment
  • market and marketing systems research
  • innovation systems studies
  • policy and strategic research
  • spatial information system analysis
  • research planning and program development

For further information, contact: Dr Norah Omot, Programme Director, Enabling Environment, NARI Headquarters, Sir Alkan Tololo Research Centre, Kana Aburu Haus, P.O Box 4415, Lae 411, Morobe Province. Papua New Guinea. Phone: (675) 478 4000 Fax: (675) 475 1450 Email: norah.omot@nari.org.pg

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