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 Herman Francisco
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Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
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Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Posted 7:00 PM by Luigi
Fiji drought leaves thousands hungry
SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 2) - An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 children in the West could drop out of school during the year or face serious health risks if the drought continues, a report by Save the Children Fund Fiji revealed yesterday. The non-government organization is calling on the Ministry of Education to act immediately as any unnecessary delay could only mean more long-term suffering for these children. A two-day drought assessment report, conducted last month, found that the children who were worst affected were from Ba, Tavua and parts of Rakiraki. It found that the harsh and dry conditions, which began in September 2004, had seriously affected farmers in the cane farming and agriculture belt. As a result these farmers were experiencing difficulties in sending their children to school because there was no money for bus fares, lunch, school fees and for books. It found that children who were undernourished in these areas were irritable and had low concentration in c lass because of poor nutrition and irregular water supply. The assessment found that primary school children in most schools were encouraged to share lunches with those who couldn't afford it.
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