Urbanisation and the decline in consumption and production of indigenous vegetables in Papua New Guinea

Paul, T., Omot, N., Linibi, M., Myers, B. and Palaniappan, G. (2016). Urbanisation and the decline in consumption and production of indigenous vegetables in Papua New Guinea. In: XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): International Symposium on Promoting the Future of Indigenous Vegetables Worldwide. XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014), Brisbane, Australia, (245-252). 17-22 August 2014. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1102.30


Author Paul, T.
Omot, N.
Linibi, M.
Myers, B.
Palaniappan, G.
Title of paper Urbanisation and the decline in consumption and production of indigenous vegetables in Papua New Guinea
Conference name XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014)
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 17-22 August 2014
Convener Drew, Roderick A.
Proceedings title XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): International Symposium on Promoting the Future of Indigenous Vegetables Worldwide   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Acta Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Leuven, Belgium
Publisher International Society for Horticultural Science
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1102.30
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9789462610897
ISSN 0567-7572
2406-6168
Volume 1102
Start page 245
End page 252
Total pages 8
Chapter number 30
Total chapters 35
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Recently, there has been a decline in the consumption of indigenous vegetables in Papua New Guinea, with an increasing consumer preference for imported foods such as tinned meats, rice, flour, and tinned fish; particularly in middle-to-high income households in urban communities. This study into the challenges and opportunities for indigenous vegetable consumption in Papua New Guinea found that factors relating to increasing urbanisation and land pressure such as: physical access to land to grow or collect indigenous vegetables, cultural perceptions, loss of knowledge in growing and cooking indigenous vegetables, changes in life style, introduction of new vegetables, and the loss of natural habitats containing wild food resources were all contributors to the decline in cultivation and consumption. However, the study also found a rise in consumption of indigenous vegetables among low income urban families, and identified several opportunity points for the promotion of indigenous vegetables such as; potential health benefits, cheaper prices, availability, and association with custom and tradition. Practices associated with ethnic food are at the core of indigenous cultures and are considered to be the most resilient of all habits in an acculturation context, and could prove to be an important aspect in fostering an emotional connection with indigenous vegetables for consumers.
Keyword Tradition
Price
Promotion
Income
Nutritional benefit
Markets
Resellers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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