Enhancing private sector-led development of the canarium industry in PNG Phase 2


The world market for processed nuts has seen rapid growth in the last decade as consumers increasingly choose healthy snacks, and global forecasts are for continued strong demand. In PNG, processed canarium nuts (galip nuts) are the basis of an emerging industry. Research under the ACIAR/TADEP project FST/2014/099 (Phase 1) has piloted semi-commercial processing of galip products and has already given over 1000 smallholder farmers in East New Britain access to new markets. The project has also supported small-scale female entrepreneurs to make their own value-added canarium products. There is great potential for galip processing to scale out to other areas such as Bougainville, New Ireland, Sepik and Madang.

Project objectives

  •  Improve the commercial viability of business models for galip nut processing
  •  Foster private sector participation in the galip value chain in both the domestic and export markets
  •  Empower women to participate in the galip value chain
  •  Enhance nut supply and quality by improving production.

Project materials and outputs

Project materials and outputs can be found at the Galipnuts website.

Project partners

Collaborating institutions:

  • Griffith University, Australia
  • National Agricultural Research Institute, PNG


Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR project FST/2014/067) [DEC 2019-DEC 2022]


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