The battle to save the Papua New Guinea cocoa industry

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Despite growing demand for cocoa around the world, the industry in Papua New Guinea is in crisis, with production in East New Britain alone plummeting by 82% between 2008 and 2012. Business Advantage PNG reports on attempts to combat the pest which threatens the sector.

A season of healthy growth

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Farming expertise, rich soil and high rainfall are behind Papua New Guinea’s organic strength. Agriculture accounted for more than 30% of Papua New Guinea’s GDP in 2011, according to World Bank figures. The sector expanded at a moderate pace in 2011, with many cash crops responding to high international prices. PNG’s most valuable cash crops—oil […]

Spotlight: The sweet taste of success

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Australian chocolatier Dean Morgan of Zokoko is one of an increasing number of gourmet chocolate makers discovering that the fine cocoa flavour of Papua New Guinean cocoa makes excellent gourmet chocolate. Dean Morgan’s search for PNG cocoa started with a call to Pacific Islands Trade and Invest to source coffee beans for his coffee roasting […]