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
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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, June 30, 2004
Posted 8:29 PM by Luigi
Global Crop Diversity Trust Establishment Agreement signed by Samoa
This is a media communique issued yesterday by FAO.
On Tuesday 29 June 2004, His Excellency Mr. Tau'ili'ili Uili Meredith, Ambassador of Samoa to Italy signed the Agreement to Establish the Global Crop Diversity Trust, an international fund whose goal is to help salvage the world's most important crop diversity collections and guarantee their ongoing healthy and safe management. The Trust seeks to match the long-term nature of conservation with long term secure and sustainable funding through an endowment whose proceeds will provide a permanent source of financial support for eligible crop diversity collections around the world. The Trust will also provide technical and capacity building assistance to collections seeking to become eligible for ongoing support. Finally, the Trust will promote and assist the development of a rational and efficient system of crop diversity conservation around the world.
Samoa is the seventh country to sign the Establishment Agreement for the Trust and the first from the Pacific region. The signature by Samoa is particularly significant, coming as it has on the historic day marking the coming into force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The International Treaty brings together countries, farmers and plant breeders together and offers a multilateral approach for accessing genetic resources and sharing their benefits. The Trust is an essential element of the funding strategy of the International Treaty.
The Global Crop Diversity Trust is being established through a partnership of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) on behalf of the 15 Future Harvest Centres of the Consultative Group on International Research (CGIAR).
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