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 Tianeti Beenna Ioane
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Mr Herman Francisco
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Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
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Sunday, September 19, 2004
Posted 3:53 PM by Luigi
Pacific Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Highlight PGR
As reported earlier, the First Regional Conference of Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry was held in Suva from 9–10 Sept. 2004, followed by the first combined regional meeting of the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services from 13–17 Sept. 2004.
In their Communique, Ministers noted that:
"Healthy and vibrant agriculture and forestry sectors are essential for the wellbeing and development of the peoples of the Pacific Island Countries and Territories. However, these sectors are now facing a multiplicity of challenges from globalization, rapid population growth, increased threats to human health and environmental degradation. Ministers and Representatives therefore recognized the urgent need for sustainable and integrated development of their agricultural and forestry sectors to meet these challenges."
There followed specific recommendations including this on plant genetic resources:
"Ministers and Representatives acknowledged that access to genetic resources (crop, tree and animal) is necessary to ensure food security in the long-term. Broadening the genetic base of crops, trees and livestock, genetic improvement and diversification are crucial in coping with rapid change. Regional initiatives such as NARI’s PARCIP should be supported. Access to and utilization of genetic resources will be enhanced through active participation in PGR networks, both at the regional level (PAPGREN) and at the international level (COGENT and BAPNET). To ensure continued access to genetic resources the countries of the region should consider endorsing the RGC MTA, ratifying the International Treaty, and signing the Establishment Agreement for the Global Crop Diversity Trust."
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