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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Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Posted 1:59 PM by Luigi
On line Courses
There's the transcript of a short interview on the Prof. Helen Hughes paper mentioned below here.
Also, I reproduce below a recent email circulated by:
James R. Hollyer
Agricultural Development in the American Pacific (ADAP) Project
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Gilmore Hall 112
3050 Maile Way
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI 96822-2231
ph (808) 956-9539
fx (808) 956-6961
I wanted to direct your attention to this great web-based distance education learning opportunity. I have met with Dr Robert Raab and have seen the APRTC courses on the web. Both are very impressive and if you don't have a lot of funds for travel this is a great way of up-skilling yourself, your employees, or your extension clients. The courses load fast on the web and are relatively inexpensive. Plus, as far as we can tell, they are science-based, objective, and fairly rigorous. Students from all over the developing world are taking classes with this group. For educators already teaching these classes in their own institution, there are some pretty neat lessons in the APRTC website that might be usable in your classroom.
If you have any questions, please direct them to Dr Raab at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Friends and Colleagues Interested in ICTs for Sustainable Development:
I would just like to take this opportunity to let you know that the Asia Pacific Regional Technology Centre (APRTC) is now accepting registrations for online agLe@rn courses that will be offered during the second semester of 2003. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in passing this information on to potentially interested participants and organizations. The courses and the dates they will be offered are:
1. Digital Literacy for Agricultural Professionals, May 19 - Jun 27, 2003
2. Introduction to Integrated Pest Management, May 19 - Jun 27, 2003
3. Promoting Responsible Pesticide Use, Jun 2 - Jul 11, 2003
4. Basics of Vegetable IPM, Jun 2 - Jul 11, 2003
5. Integrated Pest Management in Rice, Jun 23 - Aug 1, 2003
6. Integrated Soil Fertility Management, Jun 23 - Aug 1, 2003
7. Digital Literacy for Agricultural Professionals, Jul 7 - Aug 15, 2003
8. Introduction to Integrated Pest Management, Jul 7 - Aug 15, 2003
Like all agLe@rn courses, these are designed to give widely dispersed developing country change agents the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable natural resource management practices in rural communities. Since beginning operations in early 2001, over 500 individuals have participated in one or more online agLe@rn courses. While most of APRTC’s alumni are from the Asia-Pacific region, increasing numbers of African and Latin American learners are taking advantage of these learning opportunities. All course content is in the public domain and freely accessible to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. Registered participants get the added advantage of interaction with experienced subject matter experts and peers from around the world. More information on APRTC, its partners and all courses can be found here.
For an interesting article about APRTC’s “Basics of Vegetable IPM” course you might want to read a recent piece published by New Agriculturalist –
“Putting a picture to the puzzle”
I thank you very much for your attention. If you would like additional information or have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I look forward to hearing from you.
NOTE: Some of may be receiving this update for the first time and may wonder why. We have recently done some work on our mailing list and have incorporated the names and addresses of people who have recently signed up on our Website and also people recommended by those already on our list or associated with our program. If you would prefer not to receive email updates on APRTC and agLe@rn please let me know and we will delete your contact information. We generally send an update email about 5 times per year with information on new courses and current APRTC activities. We do not spam and do not share our mailing list information with others.
Robert T. Raab
Asia Pacific Regional Technology Centre (APRTC)
28th Floor, Rasa Tower
555 Pahonyothin Road
Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Tel No: (66) 2 937 0487 ext 20; (66) 2 937-1321
Fax No: (66) 2 937-0491
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