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, June 17, 2003
Posted 2:46 PM by Luigi
DSAP Kicks Off
Development of Sustainable Agriculture in the Pacific (DSAP)
24-26 June 2003
The purpose of the project is to increase sustainable agricultural production of target farm families in participating countries. This will be accomplished by taking a participatory approach with farmers and rural communities for the identification and adoption or adaptation of technologies that solve the agricultural problems of farm families. The project builds on the foundation of PRAP 1 and PRAP 6 and attempts to address problems faced during implementation of those projects. However, this project is substantially different from the previous projects. In the atolls the approach will be problem identification and testing of technologies with farmers to improve the traditional tree crop-based multi-storey agricultural systems including better integration of livestock into this system. In the low lands, the emphasis will move from research to identification and promotion of promising technologies from a variety of sources that include: improved crop varieties, pest and disease management, land conservation and agroforestry technologies. Increasing the returns to labour will be an important criteria in selecting appropriate technologies. There will be a project component for production and use of a variety of extension communications that will strengthen the promotion effort within the countries and the potential to extend the benefits beyond the target countries through SPC. Finally this project will be an important component of the SPC Agriculture Programme through which it will have access to technical assistance and training opportunities in a wide range of areas that will enhance its effectiveness.
The project will work with the NARES, NGOs, farmer groups and the private sector in the use of participatory methods for the identification and adoption of sustainable agricultural technologies. As part of this strategy the project will enhance national capabilities in the production and use of a variety of extension communications approaches such as radio, posters, handbooks, pamphlets and video.
Funded by the EU, the project will be implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and have a duration of four years. It will cover the eight Pacific ACP countries of Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The OCTs of French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna will also participate in the project.
Dr Danny Hunter is the DSAP Project Manager (DannyH@spc.int).
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