UN welcomes EU cocoa, vanilla and fish programs in East Sepik
United Nations Resident Coordinator Gianluca Rampolla praised the EU-funded program’s contributions to the well-being of the rural population and to tackling gender-based violence along food value chains.
Mr. Rampolla participated in a five-day mission to EU-STREIT PNG in the province of East Sepik.
EU-STREIT PNG, as a joint United Nations program, is the largest program funded by European Union grants in the country and the Pacific region, which focuses on supporting smallholder cocoa farmers , vanilla and fish in the provinces of East Sepik and West Sepik.
During the visit, the United Nations Resident Coordinator met with the Governor of Eastern Sepik, Allan Bird, and held a public meeting with members of the EU-STREIT PNG team from five United Nations partner agencies.
Emphasizing the contribution of the program to the Sepik region during his meeting with the governor, Mr. Rampolla stressed that the EU-STREIT PNG modality is the way forward, provided that the government takes a serious position to revive its economic base. and focus on fishing. and other business.
He also added that gender-based violence is another issue the program is addressing to engage women and youth in the three cocoa, vanilla and fisheries value chains.
“We are very satisfied with the partnership with the European Union and United Nations agencies.
This program is essential in terms of job creation for our people, and we are already seeing results, ”said Mr Bird, appreciating the efforts of EU-STREIT PNG. Describing the way forward for this joint venture, program coordinator Dr Xuebing Sun also said that “although there are many challenges, with the support of local partners and professional staff in the field, the ‘EU-STREIT PNG can go ahead. to obtain the desired results ”.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator visited several deliverables and ongoing activities implemented under the EU STREIT PNG program during this mission. The new office building that will house the implementing agencies of the program, as well as the provincial sections of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, the Cocoa Board and the National Quarantine and Inspection Authority agriculture; cocoa rehabilitation sites in the remote region of Karawari along the Sepik River; and the cocoa training program in Kaningara village were among the implementation sites reviewed by the UN Resident Coordinator.
In addition to FAO as lead agency, EU-STREIT PNG is implemented by four United Nations partner agencies, including the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). ). This five-year program is implemented in close collaboration with the government of Papua New Guinea, civil society organizations and the private sector at national and subnational levels.