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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Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
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Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
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Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Posted 3:31 PM by Luigi
Fair trade and coconut in the Pacific
The following short piece appeared on ABC's Pacific Beat today.
Fair trade, rather than free trade, is the philosophy of a Sydney-based company now producing virgin coconut oil products in four Pacific Island countries. The company - known as African Pacific - is currently working in Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati and Solomon Islands and is in the process of expanding to other Pacific Island nations. Its biggest project is on the Wainiyaku Estate, on Taveuni Island in Fiji. The organisation's philosophy is all about putting non-exploitative working conditions and a fair price for producers, above profit.
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