Community empowerment and forest conservation grow from galip nuts in Papua New Guinea

  • Gallip nuts are a well-known traditional agricultural product in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
  • Papua New Guineans are currently reaping the economic and environmental benefits of this nut through agroforestry carried out by local communities and women entrepreneurs.
  • In this episode, we speak with Dorothy Devine Luana, PNG-based owner of DMS Organics, a grower and processor of galip nuts, and Nora Devoe, research program manager for an Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) project. ), focusing on the potential of the galip nut industry to sustainably empower communities in PNG.

The seventh and final episode of the Mongabay Explores New Guinea podcast series examines the growing galip nut industry and the many social, economic and environmental benefits of this agricultural product for Papua New Guinea:

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Globally, the edible nut industry will be worth approximately $2 billion by 2025. In Papua New Guinea, the nut of choice is the galip nut (Canarium indicator), which looks like an almond and is easy to store and transport. This means the potential to tap into the growing global demand for nut products is huge for the island nation, where the galip nut is already making a difference in improving the quality of life for more than 1,000 small farms. .

Caroline Misiel, president of the Tinganagalip Women Cooperative Group, holds a handful of canariums. ACIAR has supported research into the development of a canarium industry in Papua New Guinea. The group planted new canarium trees and explored new value-added canarium products they can make, such as canarium cakes and scones. Image by Conor Ashleigh.

Mongabay speaks with Dorothy Devine Luana, an entrepreneur from East New Britain province, whose business grows galip nuts using agroforestry, a farming technique steeped in traditional knowledge that produces multiple cash crops in sides of perennial woody plants. By producing and processing galip nuts and galip nut products, his business, DMS Organics, brings alternative and supplemental sources of income to his small farm and community.

Luana’s success with her business is just one example of many in PNG, where local women-led businesses are reaping the benefits of more than a decade of research and development aided by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research. (ACIAR) and the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI).

We also speak with Nora Devoe, Research Program Manager at ACIAR, who is supporting this project which seeks to understand the viability and potential of galip nut to boost the canarium industry in PNG and foster new markets for that the farmers sell the harvest. Devoe talks about ACIAR’s research and training provided to locals to better harvest, process and sell their nuts, as well as the potential of the crop to empower entrepreneurs in PNG.

Mother Abiuda and her daughter Ronalish carry canarium seedlings out of the Tinganagalip Women’s Cooperative Group nursery in the village of Tinganagalip, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. ACIAR has supported research into the development of a canarium industry. Image by Conor Ashleigh.

Mongabay Explore is an ongoing episodic podcast series about the world’s unique places and species. Each season delves into new areas with amazing natural heritage, their environmental challenges and conservation solutions. This season, he explores the great biodiversity and cultural richness of New Guinea. If you missed the first six episodes of this season, you can listen to them here.

Sounds heard during the intro and outro include the following: rusty warbler, snarling rifleman, raggiana/little bird of paradise, superb fruit dove, long-billed honeyeater, lesser thrush, brown cuckoo dove, black-headed lori. Special thanks to Tim Boucher and Bruce Beehler for identifying them.

Musical ambiance credit: recorded in the Adelbert Mountains in Papua New Guinea by the communities of Musiamunat, Yavera and Iwarame in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Zuzana Burivalova/Sound Forest Lab.

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Banner image: Elizabeth Tiniu, a member of the Tinganagalip Women’s Cooperative Group, carries canarium seedlings out of the group’s greenhouse. Image by Conor Ashleigh.

Mike Di Girolamo is Mongabay’s Public Engagement Associate. Find him on Twitter @MikeDiGirolamo, instagramor ICT Tac via @midigirolamo.

Bags of roasted galip nuts from The Galip Nut Company. A joint venture between ACIAR and NARI. Image by Erik Hoffner for Mongabay.

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