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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Monday, April 04, 2005
Posted 2:01 PM by Luigi
Thousands hungry in the Reef Islands
HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, April 1) – As many as 7,000 people of the Reef Islands in the Solomon Islands Temotu province are reported to be facing a shortage of staple food. Patterson Natei of Otelo village says the food shortage started in December as a result of continuing dry weather affecting root crops and fruit trees that the people depend on for survival. He says agriculture officers in Lata have carried out a survey of the food shortage. Mr Natei says the problem is affecting school children and that attendance is getting lower each day. He calls on people on other islands in Temotu with enough food to assist those with limited food supplies.
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