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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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Thursday, November 04, 2004
Posted 6:44 PM by Luigi
Food security for atolls
From SPC's PacificPestInfo Newsletter.
A workshop to discuss food security in the Pacific especially for atoll countries was held in Kiribati 19–22 October. The workshop was officially opened by the Minister of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development (MELAD) Hon. Martin Tofinga, who told participants of the importance of food security contributing to health and wealth of a nation. He said marginalised environments are more challenged with food security issues. He pointed to imported refined foods as examples of food insecurity and production of local foods as food security. A background paper by Dr Mareko Tofinga, Head of Crop Science Department, USP Alafua Campus, provided a good overview of atoll agriculture and its special limitations on food production. A paper by the Permanent Secretary of MELAD, Mr Tukabu Teroroko, focused on government’s role in addressing national food security and how it works closely with the private sector to seek technology to improve food productivity. SPC was represented through the participation of two staff of the Land Resources Division.
Dr Siua Halavatau, DSAP Extensionist, discussed the critical issue of poor soils in atoll conditions and the work DSAP is carrying out in preparing compost. Mr Emil Adams presented on agricultural information for food security, focusing on communication activities by LRD to address atoll agriculture. Former Agricultural Liaison Officer (ALO) and Head of Extension Ms Kina’ai Kairo assisted by current ALO Ms Taan Teraira organised the workshop including an elaborate traditional welcome ceremony. SPC have in the past through the Regional Germplasm Centre (RGC) supplied the Agriculture Department with tissue culture bananas, sweet potato and taro. All these crops are doing well at the research station at Tanaea under the supervision of Research Officer Mr Tianeti B Ioane.
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