CSIRO and land research in Papua New Guinea 1950-2000: Part 2: Post-Independence

Gael Keig, Robin Hide, S M Cuddy, Heinz Buettikofer, Jennifer A. Bellamy, Pieter Bleeker, David Freyne, John R McAlpine

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    Following Papua New Guinea (PNG) Independence in 1975, the new administration approached Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) directly concerning the need to address issues related to food security and village-based agriculture. A subsequent series of collaborative research projects between CSIRO and PNG government departments built upon the existing survey information to provide PNG with one of the earliest national-level, computer-based resource information systems, with widespread applications, particularly in agriculture, forestry, environmental management and planning. Part 1 of this historical review discussed the evolution, conduct and outcomes of the CSIRO integrated surveys over the period 1950-75, while Part 2 describes the subsequent research projects that arose from the surveys and concluded in 2000. In addition, the legacy of CSIRO involvement in land research in PNG is examined in relation to advances made both within individual scientific disciplines and in other relevant technological fields, and to operational challenges and structural change within the organisation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)100-111
    JournalHistorical Records of Australian Science
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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