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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Sunday, September 19, 2004
Posted 3:12 PM by Luigi
Promoting fruits and vegetables in the Pacific
A workshop on fruits and vegetables for Pacific Islands countries was held immediately after the international symposium on fruits and vegetables in Christhcurch, "Globalising 5 A DAY - To Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Worldwide." The report on the international symposium can be found at www.5aday.co.nz. The regional workshop was organized by the Lifestyle Health Section of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) with the World Health Organization (WHO) and WPRO. Participants - mainly nutritionists and health workers - from the following countries attended: Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Participants developed regional and national action plans for what they planned to do to promote fruits and vegetables.
Regional plans included:
1) Establishing a Pacific Islands Fruit and Vegetables group with NZ and AUS as honorary members. SPC will set up an e-mail group to share and liaise also with FAO.
- photos of f&v (NZ, SPC)
- information on workplace catering policies
- information about organic gardening
- positive school garden stories
3) All countries will receive follow-up support and monitoring (SPC & WHO) over the next 6 months and beyond.
4) Logo: Paula will include local fruits and vegetables into NZ logo and show it to participants as draft
5) World Food Day in 2005:
- aim for focus on fruits and vegetables
- need posters, information, leaflets, stickers, school information
- announce school garden competition
6) Health Ministers meeting 2005:
- propose fruit and vegetable break
- prepare information sheet on taxation and disparities in the region
- seek NZ sponsorship for fruit/vegetable import & local supply paid for in caterers budget
Nutrition Education & Training Officer (NETO)
Lifestyle Health Section
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Noumea Cedex 98848
Telephone : +687 262000
Direct Line : +687 260183
Email : WendyS@spc.int
Fax : +687 263818
Website : http://www.spc.int/Lifestyle/
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