Beyond subsistence in Papua

Papua is an Indonesian territory occupying the western half of the island of New Guinea. It ranks as the poorest and most politically marginalised region of Indonesia.

Oxfam New Zealand is supporting farmers and fisher communities to improve their income by finding markets for their goods,  support accessing credit, improving their skills and techniques and diversifying crops. We are currently working in Jayapura, Nabire and Paniai districts.

Working with indigenous Papua

Oxfam’s work focuses on indigenous Papuan women, children and men, helping improve their standard of living and aiming to redress the imbalance between indigenous Papuans and the Indonesian migrants.

Indigenous Papuan communities have told Oxfam and our partners they want to be able to increase their income so they can meet basic needs for their families and be able to send heir children to school.

Working with local partners

Oxfam New Zealand is working with five partners:

  • Aigadoo: suporting farmers with growing high-turnover crops that are adaptable and grow well in unfertile soil. Training in care and handling of commodities of crops such as chilli, pineapple and tomatoes.
  • KPS Anugrah: assessing the feasibility of a cattle-breeding cooperative in Jayapura district.
  • Yapkema: training farmers with new methods of growing carrots, cabbage and potatoes and with accessing information on markets for their crops.
  • LMMA: a marine conservation organisation working with fisher communities to improve finishing techniques and improve incomes from fishing in Jayapura district.
  • Yabimu: training coffee producers to improve processing techniques, supporting farmers with accessing information on markets and accessing credit.

Inspirational role models: meet Aser Pigome and Dina Tebai

Aser Pigome, 58, and his wife Dina Tebai, 42, are farmers and they live in Obano Village, Paniai Barat District. They have three children, Marius, 18, Yuliana, 12 and Akulian, 10.

On less than 1 ha, Aser and Dana have established a series of eight terraced gravity fed fish ponds. Around their home they have mature fruit trees, vegetable gardens for home consumption, and a small coffee planting. They have successfully developed their resources for maximum effect.

Oxfam have chosen Aser and Dina as role models for the vegetable cash crop in the hope that their knowledge and expertise can help benefit others in the community.

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