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 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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Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Posted 7:10 PM by Luigi
Kiribati Pandanus poster
Dr Lois Englberger in Pohnpei has announced that the poster on pandanus in Kiribati reproduced below (see also here for a better quality image) is now available. In both English and I-Kiribati, it describes the important nutritional properties of this fruit, in particular the levels of provitamin A carotenoid beta-carotene. This is the message: Grow and eat deep-colored pandanus to help protect against vitamin A deficiency night blindness, diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers!
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) supported the development and printing of the poster. Dr Lois Englberger collected the photographs, samples and other data in a project carried out in Tarawa in 2003 and 2004 with officers of the Kiribati Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Agricultural Development, AMAK (Kiribati Women's Association) and the Kiribati National Nutrition Committee. Some of the officers involved in this project include: Tianeti Ioanne, Tokamai Tokintekai, Mamarau Kairiete, Tinai Iuta, Teebure Tiroia and Betarim Rimon. The other sponsors of this project were the Secretariat of the Pacific (SPC) Community Forestry Program, SPRIG, PAPGREN, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, United Nations Children's Fund and Sight and Life.
The carotenoid analysis was carried out by the laboratories of the Institute of Applied Sciences/University of the South Pacific, Fiji and DSM Nutritional Products, Switzerland. This is the first time that these varieties were analyzed for nutrient content.
The poster is being distributed to all ministries and departments, primary and secondary schools, supermarkets, island councils and churches. It is hoped that this poster campaign may lead to more discussion and understanding of Kiribati pandanus fruit and to greater production and consumption.
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