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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Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Posted 4:31 PM by Luigi
Small loans for Marshall Islands entrepreneurs
Discussions are underway between the Marshall Islands and Taiwan over the possibility of establishing a small-scale loan program to offer seed funding to local entrepreneurs.
During a visit to Taiwan earlier this month, President Kessai Note held discussions with officials at the International Cooperation and Development Foundation in Taiwan on several issues, including the possibility of a small loan scheme.
The Marshalls’ foreign minister, Gerald Zakios, says money from such a fund could be used for fisheries, agriculture and copra development.
He says the programme would have funds that could be loaned to individuals unable to get loans from commercial banks because they lacked collateral, but in need of funding to expand a business operation.
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