Team Leader


Mr. Alois Ndrewou
Director - Centre for Natural Resources Research and Development



CNRRD is the Centre for Natural Resource Research and Development.  Natural Resource Research in the contest of CNRRD covers a range of topics in the understanding, conversational management and utilization of land and water and the organisms living on or in them.  The concept of utilization involves agriculture, forestry and fisheries, as well as human nutrition, health and sustainable lifestyles.  Hence there are socio-cultural implications, understanding of bio-cultural diversity and traditional knowledge and practice of utilization and renewability. CNRRD continues to encourage research by staff and students on natural resources use and development.


The Christensen Funding Report

Work on the final report of the Christensen Fund project on Investing in Traditional Indigenous Knowledge and Practice in Papua New Guinea was completed in 2019.  There is no outstanding task on this, however, the research on traditional garden land use funded by the Christensen Fund has still not been finalised to the point of publication.  CNRRD funds were made available to Ms Lena Yual for continuing data analyses and she and Mr. Kuayo Henry was tasked with completion of work on these data.  To date this task is still outstanding.  The Christensen fund has winded down its work in PNG, and this has impacted on the completion of the project report.  Other alternative source of funding would have to be sourced to complete the reporting.

The Silicon-Valley Community Foundation Grant

This grant was made available from the efforts of Christensen Fund when it decided to win down its services in PNG.  This funding was earmarked for work on bio-cultural diversity.  According to Professor Quartermain, the fund has been used to date to partially fund four 2020 post graduate student thesis and continue the work in Maprik on the revival of the Phouta and the Abelam yam culture.  Work on the yam culture is outstanding and more work has yet to be done.

The PIURN Multi-Funded project

Although this project does not come directly under CNRRD’s management, the University of Goroka, through the Somare Research Institute (SRI) and the research centres are participating in the project.  This project is being conducted in 6 Pacific island Countries and the purpose is to delve into interactions and mutual influences of food production from traditional Melanesian and Polynesian family gardens and quality diets, and thus community health.  This project is ongoing and multiple stakeholders are involved throughout the six countries.

FALAH Project

The project is part of the bigger project funded by European Union. University of Goroka has participated in the project since 2020. The multidisciplinary project targets Family Farming, Lifestyle and Health (FALAH) in the Pacific Region. It covers food security, environment, Agriculture and health. The University of Goroka through the office of the Somare Research Institute has tasked the Centre for Natural Resources Research & Development to work in close partnership with Divine Word University, Institute of Medical Research, and partners from the University of New Caledonia, University of Sydney to engage in the project.



1. Successful survey conducted in two districts in Eastern Highlands Province.s
2. Work conducted in another two districts in Eastern Highlands Province.
3. Report of initial task presented in FALAH workshop in Sydney on the 21st to 25th November, 2022.
4. Senior researchers from the University of Goroka participated in the FALAH workshop in Sydney.
5. UOG research team has now access to rich network of research personnel from multidisciplinary backgrounds for ongoing and future work.
6. UOG research team has now access to technologies and tools in research for ongoing and future work.
7. Somare Research Institute at UOG and research centres is now fully integrated and committed to PNG Pacific Islands Universities Research Network (PIURN). This qualifies UOG to obtain grants and scholarships for ongoing and future research work.

Proposed project under FALAH:

1. Exotic indigenous crops under the FALAH initiative (e.g., breadfruit, amaranth, fern and rungia klossi).
2. Other socioeconomic surveys will be conducted focusing on impact and economic benefits of indigenous crops to people’s livelihoods.
3. Coping and adaptive capacities of smallholder farmers will also be surveyed in light of the climate change challenges.

Plant Health Clinic project

CNRRD is also engaged in the Plant Health Clinic project in partnership with the Centre for Social and Creative Media (CSCM) at UOG, National Agriculture Research Institute and other agriculture extension and rural development practitioners from Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, including Australia (Queensland).

CNRRD is also working the division of Agriculture & Rural Development at UOG to implement the Plant Health Clinics with the third year agriculture extension students. The students are presently attached with the Division of Agriculture and Livestock in Goroka for the six-week Industrial Training program.



1. 32 farmers and students have been certified in 2022 after completing the theory and practical components of the Plant Doctor Training.
2. Collaborative work with Women in Agriculture, National Agriculture Research Institute, Provincial Department of Agriculture & Livestock (PDAL), Centre for Social and Creative Media (CSCM), UOG’s Division of Agriculture & Rural Development (DARD), and community lead farmers.
3. Training and certifying of staff personals from PDAL and Women in Agriculture.
4. Incorporation of Plant Health Clinic theories and practices into the Agriculture Curriculum. These will be taught to students from level 2 to 4.
5. 1 female student was granted a K92 mining scholarship. The plant health clinic experience provided a key basis for her success in obtaining the scholarship for 2023 academic year. The student will proceed to join K92 mining Graduate Development program.

Postgraduate Students Research

Two postgraduate students have received funding under the CNRRD, Kevo Dostine and Michael Bo’eu. Kevo is researching bushfire impact on soil matter while Michael Bo’eu is research effect of sugar water on weight gain of broiler chickens. Kevo’s project is based in Henganofi, while Michael’s project is stationed at the University of Goroka Model farm.

Two current postgraduate students who are also supervised by staff of CNRRD are Rodney Biri and Binel Voyorite. Rodney is researching soil fertility on inclined on sweet potato (Ipomea batatas) gardens in Eastern Highlands Province, Goroka, Papua New Guinea. Binel is researching yield performance of Pathogen tested and non pathogen tested sweet potato cultivars under Eastern Highlands conditions.

Staff projects

A number of staff have south and provided funding by CNRRD. Most of these staff members have completed their projects and produced publications which are documented in previous issues of the CNRRD reports and newsletter. The Staff have appreciated CNRRD and made known their intentions to continue to seek funding support from this source. CNRRD is currently supporting Dr Gise in his project.

Members of the academic staff have also been encouraged to participate in research work and to submit funding application to CNRRD in future. This year, the incursion of COVID 19, and the subsequent series of lockdowns experienced on campus and in the province have had significant impact on staff research activities.

Under the School of Science & Technology, CNRRD has successfully produced the Journal of Popular Science Volume 1 Issue Number 2. Professor Quartermain put a lot of effort into this and his contribution to this is acknowledged.

Authors of the papers come from within and outside of the university. This include Dr. Stanis Malange, Mr. Ezra Togabalaguguwa, Dr. Allan Quartermain, Mr. John Nema, Mr. Kannan, Mr Danny Saka, Dr. Pikah Kohun, Ms Monica Mazi, Mr. Alois Ndrewou, Mr. Gure’ahafo Tumae, Kathleen Diapong and Ms. Lena Yual.


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