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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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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.
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Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
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Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Posted 12:38 PM by Luigi
Documenting traditional food systems in Pohnpei
This just in from Lois Englberger and Adelino Lorens in Pohnpei.
The Island Food Community of Pohnpei has now been invited to be the 12th case study in a global health project in collaboration with the Center for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE), McGill University, Canada. This is a project to document traditional food systems and to test a methodology for doing this. There are 12 such case studies throughout the world, including in Thailand, India, China, and Bangladesh. It is planned that the project will be carried out in a 2-3 month period and it has been tentatively scheduled for May-July 2005.
Following this study should be a two-year intervention of promoting traditional locally grown foods, after which a further evaluation will be held. Members of IFCP and the collaborating groups in Pohnpei, including Health, Agriculture/Economic Affairs, and the College of Micronesia-Cooperative Research and Extension, are enthusiastic about the study and have given their support.
The Island Food Community of Pohnpei is a non-governmental organization, chartered in January 2004 with the goal of researching, documenting, and promoting locally grown food for its many reasons: health, food security, income-generation, and cultural preservation.
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