The Hako Women’s Collective (HWC) is continuing to develop their project to help vulnerable families to diversify their farming and learn new techniques to increase production. This is needed as older farming methods are depleting the soil and, at the same time, the population is increasing. Food insecurity and hunger are emerging problems. PiCCA is assisting where we can.

The project involves building a small structure to house a rice mill, generator and an office/storage space. A demonstration garden/nursery will be set up on land adjacent to the building to enable hands-on training of 90 families who will take part in the first stage of the project. HWC is partnering with the PNG Department of Primary Industries who will deliver the training.

PiCCA has applied for funding to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to help fund the project. DFAT is expected to announce the outcomes of its funding at the end of November.