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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  • CTA
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  • CEPaCT

     genebank locations
    Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the locations of Pacific genebanks. Click here to download a regional directory of genebanks in the Pacific, including information on their location, contact details and holdings.

    PAPGREN partners

    Mr William Wigmore
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 96
    Cook Islands
    Tel: (682) 28711-29720
    Fax: (682) 21881
    Email: cimoa@oyster.net.ck

    Mr Adelino S. Lorens
    Agriculture Pohnpei
    Office of Economic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1028
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Tel: (691) 3202400
    Fax: (691) 3202127
    Email: pniagriculture@mail.fm

    Dr Lois Englberger
    Island Food Community of Pohnpei
    Research Advisor
    P.O. Box 2299
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Email: nutrition@mail.fm

    Mr Apisai Ucuboi
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
    Koronivia Research Station
    P.O. Box 77
    Fiji Islands
    Tel: (679) 3477044
    Fax: (679) 3477546-400262
    Email: apisainu@yahoo.com

    Dr Maurice Wong
    Service du Developpement Rural
    B.P. 100
    Tahiti 98713
    French Polynesia
    Tel: (689) 42 81 44
    Fax: (689) 42 08 31
    Email: maurice.wong@rural.gov.pf

    Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
    Head, Research Section
    Division of Agriculture
    Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
    P.O. Box 267
    Tel: (686) 28096-28108-28080
    Fax: (686) 28121
    Email : agriculture@tskl.net.ki; Beenna_ti@yahoo.com

    Mr Frederick Muller
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 1727
    Majuro 96960
    Marshall Islands
    Tel: (692) 6253206
    Fax: (692) 6257471
    Email: rndsec@ntamar.net

    Mr Herman Francisco
    Bureau of Agriculture
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 460
    Koror 96940
    Tel: (680) 4881517
    Fax: (680) 4881725
    Email: bnrd@pnccwg.palaunet.com

    Ms Rosa Kambuou
    Principal Scientist PGR
    NARI Dry Lowlands Programme
    Laloki Agricultural Research Station
    P.O. Box 1828
    National Capital District
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: (675) 3235511
    Fax: (675) 3234733
    Email: kambuou@global.net.pg

    Ms Laisene Samuelu
    Principal Crop Development Officer
    Crops Division
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology
    P.O. Box 1874
    Tel: (685) 23416-20605
    Fax: (685) 20607-23996
    Email: lsamuelu@lesamoa.net

    Mr Jimi Saelea
    Director of Research
    Department of Agriculture and Livestock
    P.O. Box G13
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 27987

    Mr Tony Jansen
    Planting Materials Network
    Kastom Gaden Association
    Burns Creek, Honiara
    P.O. Box 742
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 39551
    Email: kastomgaden@solomon.com.sb

    Mr Finao Pole
    Head of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
    P.O. Box 14
    Tel: (676) 23038
    Fax: (676) 24271
    Email: thaangana@hotmail.com

    Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
    Head of Research
    Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    Private Mail Bag 040
    Port Vila
    Tel: (678) 22525
    Fax: (678) 25265
    Email: flehi@hotmail.com

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    Forum Secretariat
    University of the South Pacific

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    WWF South Pacific Program

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    Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
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    Te Puna web directory

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    Tuesday, March 08, 2005

    A trade success story for Pacific agriculture?


    SEATTLE -- Today, Starbucks Coffee Company introduces Kigabah Estate coffee, from the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Starbucks also today announces the addition of an award component to the coffees of the Black Apron Exclusives (TM) lineup.

    'There isn't a single coffee that travels a farther distance to us than these beans from Papua New Guinea, and no coffee is more respected than that of the Kigabah Estate,' says Dub Hay, Starbucks senior vice president of Coffee. 'With high standards for production and those who produce it, the Kigabah Estate exemplifies what Starbucks looks for in a coffee supplier.'

    At 5,500 feet above sea level, in what was once a swamp, coffee is nourished by abundant rainfall and rich nutrients found in the thick, black topsoil. These fertile conditions give Kigabah Estate coffee a juicy acidity, round body and herbal notes reminiscent of black tea tannins. The Kigabah Estate is progressive in its farming practices and environmental practices, and contributes ten percent of its profits to the farming community.

    'I am also extremely proud to announce that for each Black Apron Exclusives (TM) coffee, Starbucks will award $15,000 for a project that will improve the lives of the farmers in the community,' continues Hay. 'Through this program, we've had the opportunity to enjoy some extraordinary coffees. Now, to thank these dedicated farmers and give back to their communities, we will provide funds to help improve things such as education, transportation, coffee-processing facilities and the environment.'

    The award for Kigabah Estate coffee will be used for school funding for residents throughout the Waghi Valley, whose ancestors have been farming land in the Western Highlands for more than 9,000 years and are believed to be among the world's first farmers.

    In addition to awarding $15,000 for Kigabah Estate coffee, Starbucks has applied the award retroactively to all previous Black Apron Exclusives (TM) offerings. For its 100% Kona coffee (introduced April 23, 2004), Starbucks, through the farms that provided the coffee, donated $15,000 to the Start Now foundation, a non-profit organization that supports alcohol and drug education and prevention programs for Kona community children in grades 6-10. The award for Ethiopia Harrar (introduced June 30, 2004) coffee was donated to the Dil Chora Hospital in Dire Dawa and the funds will be used to buy equipment and support current medical, dental and vision services. The award for El Salvador Estate Pacamara coffee (introduced Sept. 30, 2004) was invested directly into the infrastructure of the Montecarlos Estate, helping to improve coffee quality and to increase the standard of living for the farming community.

    The Black Apron Exclusives (TM) line of coffee is named for Starbucks most knowledgeable buyers, roasters, tasters and Starbucks Coffee Masters, who wear a black apron in the tasting rooms and in the Company's coffeehouses. Since Black Apron Exclusives (TM) coffees hail from very distinct and scarce crops -- making any prediction of availability nearly impossible -- subsequent introductions will be announced shortly before their arrival in select retail stores. Four rare and exclusives coffees will follow Kigabah Estate coffee this year, with the next selection expected to be available May 2, 2005.

    Starbucks Kigabah Estate coffee is available in Company-operated stores throughout North America starting March 7, 2005 (1/2 lb price: US $11, CAN $15), and will be available while supplies last.

    Starbucks (R) whole bean coffee assortment includes more than 20 single-origin offerings and blends from around the world, including many worldwide exclusive coffees. The 'Coffee of the Week' program links brewed coffee to whole bean coffee, providing customers with the opportunity to bring a daily taste home for the weekend. Starbucks Coffee Masters are available in stores to answer coffee questions and help customers navigate the world of coffee.

    Starbucks Corporation is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, with more than 9,000 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business. In addition to its retail operations, the Company produces and sells bottled Frappuccino (R) coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot(TM) coffee drink, and a line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships. The Company's brand portfolio provides a wide variety of consumer products. Tazo Tea's line of innovative premium teas and Hear Music's exceptional compact discs enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of-class products.

    * Comments:


    Not really a success story when the current spot price for the most expensive coffee on the NY exchange is just less than US$1.50 per pound and Starbucks sell it for US$22 per pound (even more if you have it as a capuccino).

    In simple calculation this means that the margin of $20+ per pound requires them to sell less than 1000 pounds of coffee to recoup their investment. I imagine that is the consumption of coffee in New York in a single day. Far better to give the growers a higher price so that all benefit every year, not just when Starbucks want to appear gratuitous,

    Bob Ikin

    Not really a success story when the current spot price for the most expensive coffee on the NY exchange is just less than US$1.50 per pound and Starbucks sell it for US$22 per pound (even more if you have it as a capuccino).

    In simple calculation this means that the margin of $20+ per pound requires them to sell less than 1000 pounds of coffee to recoup their investment. I imagine that is the consumption of coffee in New York in a single day. Far better to give the growers a higher price so that all benefit every year, not just when Starbucks want to appear gratuitous,

    Bob Ikin
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