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
Interested in GIS?
Thursday, February 20, 2003
Posted 1:07 AM by Jeremy
There is a great deal of valuable information that never makes it into "official" publications and journal reports. This so-called gray literature can be hard to find. A project run by the University of Hawaii is gathering and disseminating reams of stuff of particular interest to the Pacific Islands.
Sunday, February 16, 2003
Posted 5:28 PM by Luigi
I attended a very successful national PGR workshop in Samoa last week, organized by Laisene Semuelu of MAFFM. About 20 people from various government ministries, regional organizations and the NGO sector took part. We had some really interesting discussion, and came up with a number of concrete recommendations. I'll post some details of the results later this week. We're aiming for a similar workshop in the Cook Islands in August, and in the Solomon Islands also soon.
I also had the chance to discuss PGR and PAPGREN with a group of interested people at the University of the South Pacific's School of Agriculture at Alafua. Thanks to Dr Kwadwo Ofori for organizing that meeting, which I hope will lead to some interesting collaboration on research and training.
In the meantime, here is some information that may be of interest:
1. There are improved PROSEA pages here.
2. The Resource Management in Asia-Pacific (RMAP) Program is a cross-disciplinary research initiative which provides a focus for research on the social, political and economic aspects of changes in the natural environment of the Asia-Pacific region. The RMAP Program invites applications from interested individuals from developing countries within the Asia-Pacific region for the position of SHORT-TERM VISITING FELLOW for up to 3 months duration.
During their stay at the Australian National University, Visiting Fellows are expected to:
- pursue an individual or collaborative research project, in-line with the current research focus of the RMAP Program (please consult the RMAP website for information on RMAP's research focus
- participate in discussions surrounding research currently being undertaken by Program staff
- present at least one research seminar
- produce a paper to be published in the RMAP Program Working Paper Series with a view to publication in a refereed international academic journal
The RMAP Program offers:
- economy airfare
- office facilities
- full access to ANU library and archive material
- research assistance
- partnership with experienced researchers at the ANU
Please send your application, including CV, list of publications, research agenda and proposed period of stay to the Program Coordinator, RMAP Program, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should reach ANU by 31 January or 31 July for assessment in February and August respectively.
Thursday, February 06, 2003
Posted 1:29 PM by Luigi
I'll be in Samoa next week for the national PGR workshop. I've also lined up meetings at USP, SPREP and FAO. We've received an expression of interest in organizing a similar workshop from the Cook Is. We'll be aiming for August. Still awaiting responses from Niue, Tonga and Vanuatu. Good news from Solomon Islands. The NGO Kastom Gaden Association will be collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture in carrying out PGR surveys on the major islands in preparation for a national workshop.
Sunday, February 02, 2003
Posted 8:26 PM by Luigi
SPC Library Website
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community Library website has been updated to include a table of Member State web sites.
Agrobiodiversity Weblog: For discussions of conservation and sustainable use of the genetic resources of crops, livestock and their wild relatives.