Ali is a retired agricultural project officer based in Queensland and is the key instigator behind our work in Papua New Guinea (PNG). He initially met Celia Grenning, the CEO of Kyeema Foundation at a workshop in Brisbane. He was interested in what Kyeema was doing in Africa in promoting smallholder chicken keeping. It did not take Ali long to convince Celia that the project was much needed in his own birth country, Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Within a short period of time, he facilitated a scoping trip to Central Province working with the Central Provincial Government Livestock Division. The scoping confirmed the viability of a smallholder chicken keeping program in Central Province. Shortly afterwards, he was trained as a Master Farmer in Fiji in preparation to implement a smallholder chicken keeping farm in his village at Vanapa.