Papua

Papua is a province in Indonesia occupying the western half of the island of New Guinea.

Despite the region's abundance of natural resources, its two million inhabitants are the nation’s poorest.

Oxfam’s programme work in Papua is helping to develop sustainable livelihood opportunities that will improve the basic rights and standard of living of indigenous and other poor Papuans.

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Papua

Sweet potatoes in Papua

Papua and West Papua form two autonomous Indonesian provinces on the western half of the island of New Guinea. Despite rich natural resources, more than 30% of  Papua’s 3.8 million people live in poverty.

Human development indicators in the region are among Indonesia’s lowest. With their traditional low status in society, indigenous women in particular affected by poverty.

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From crop to cup in Papua

January 7, 2012

One woman's food journey

May 8, 2011

Local people call Sarlota Itlay ‘Mama Sarlota’. The 41 year old widow lives with her four children in Musaima village, a mountainous district in the Baliem Valley of West Papua.

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September 18, 2012

Our partner in Papua is at the forefront of a revival that's improving food security and incomes.

January 16, 2012

Kitchen table coffee is helping women in remote Papua.

December 28, 2010

Local people call Sarlota Itlay ‘Mama Sarlota’. The 41 year old widow lives with her four children in Musaima village, a mountainous district in the Baliem Valley of West Papua.

Ubi jalar and Papuan economic development: A source of life and livelihood for the Papuan people

Working through local partner Yayasan Pendidikan Usaha Mandiri (YAPUM), Oxfam is encouraging a sweet potato renaissance in the highlands of Jayawijaya District, Papua. By equipping subsistence farmers with new skills, the Ubi Jalar project is building stronger local economies, reinforcing the use of a traditional crop, helping crop diversification and playing a critical role in enhancing the region’s food security.