A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
PAPGREN coordination and support
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Posted 5:11 PM by Luigi
This week I've been working with Laisene Samuelu (email@example.com) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology in Samoa to organize a national PGR workshop. We hope to hold the event 12-14 February. When I go, I'll also visit the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific's Alafua Campus, which houses the School of Agriculture.
We've also been making some progress in organizing the Third Taro Symposium in late May. We now have about 30 abstract and it is a matter of making a final selection and then making sure we have enough funds to bring everyone to Fiji. We hope to hear from CTA soon about support. We have already secured funds from FAO and Japan but still need more.
In the meantime, the northern island of Vanua Levu is struggling to recover from cyclone Ami. About a dozen people are dead or missing, and damage is estimated at US$ 25 million. And it looks like another storm may be brewing...
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