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).
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Mr Herman Francisco
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Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
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Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Posted 9:08 PM by Luigi
Diabetes on the rise in Fiji
From Fijilive: www.fijilive.com
There is a significant increase in the number of people suffering from diabetes in Fiji today than a decade ago. This has been revealed in report compiled after a series of surveys by the National Food and Nutrition Center.
Food and Nutrition Manager Sneh Lata Chand says that current figures compared to their research in 1993 are alarming. She says that more people are dying from hypertension and diabetes than from any other disease. She blamed the deaths directly to the decrease in consumption of traditional food crops, which she said has been replaced by other types of food, both in rural and urban areas.
Chand said contribution of energy from traditional food crops has decreased over the years and people are now more dependent on cereal and low fiber types of food.
“This type of food intake leads to overeating, thus the risk of diabetes and hypertension increase,” Chand says.
She warned that there is an urgent need to limit the consumption of saturated fats and fatty foods, acids and sugar.
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