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Submitted by Laura E. Bailey on
I really appreciate the time and energy you devoted to your post on the challenges that coffee farmers face. I share your concerns about the capacity of government and industry agencies to effectively meet the world reality and grasp the opportunities that the market offers to PNG's coffee ... but I am more optimistic than you about the possibiity of workign cooperatively with agencies like DAl and CIC to make things better. The World's Bank comparative advantage is in working through governments to improve services and access to markets, in close collaboration with business, citizens, and civl society, and we DO believe we can make a positive difference working through DAL and CIC. Please keep watching the work in the field as the new project unfolds, and I believe you will see a change over the next 4 years!