Papua New Guinea
Master of Agribusiness (alumni)
University of Queensland, QLD
Lavinia completed a Masters in Agribusiness at the University of Queensland in July 2018. Prior to her studies in Australia, Lavinia was employed as an extension officer for a private enterprise producing coconut oil. Here she managed the company's smallholder supply program, challenging traditional barriers to farmer engagement in the agriproduce sector. Lavinia played a key role in increasing the number of farmers supplying the company from less than ten to more than 100 in a year, with a subsequent four times increase in production by the second year of the extension program.
In recognition of her work in the agriproduce field, Lavinia was awarded a Government of New Zealand Women in Agriculture Scholarship for the four years of her undergraduate study.
Upon her return to Papua New Guinea, Lavinia would like to build awareness and understanding of women and men farmers on the importance of quality standards and value adding for agricultural commodities. Lavinia is also interested in agricultural market research, especially as it relates to creating new local and international markets for PNG's agricultural commodities.
As part of her participation in the Women's Leadership Initiative, Lavinia completed a four-week internship at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in Canberra. Under the supervision of ACIAR's Geoff O'Keefe, she developed knowledge and networks of Australian and PNG agribusiness enterprises and she undertook exposure visits to ACIAR project sites in WA and PNG.
Charles Darwin University, NT
Tania has a background in agriculture, training and education, and has worked for several years managing and delivering capacity building programs in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Indonesia.
Tania is a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow and Charles Darwin University, implementing skills based training, developing and delivering training for a range of clients including farmer groups, government staff and remote indigenous communities. Prior to this, she worked in Timor-Leste on DFAT's National Village Development Support Program, tasked with the design and implementation of pre-employment skills-based training for over 400 facilitators.
Tania also worked closely with government counterparts and national training organisations to develop their capacity to deliver specific targeted training.