Surge in sago sickness in PNG

Preparing sago in Western Province PNG Mikaela Seymour

By Mikaela Seymour Sago is one of the most important carbohydrates in Papua New Guinea (PNG). It is refined from the sago palm tree (Metroxylon sagu), which is widespread in lowland areas of the country, especially in Western and Sepik…

PNG’s plan to balance the budget

Susa Mama Health Clinic POM DFAT Flickr

By Stephen Howes, Kelly Samof In recent years, PNG has been running record deficits. In 2019, even before COVID-19, the budget deficit was already 5% of GDP. COVID-19 has understandably made things worse. The deficit reached 8.6% in 2020 and…