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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Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Posted 2:25 PM by Luigi
Globally Important Ingenious Agricultural Heritage Systems
From a LAISA Magazine article by David Bourma (FAO). Thanks to Danny Hunter (SPC-DSAP) for pointing this out.
"FAO, together with governments, UNDP-GEF, UNESCO, international organizations, NGOs and civil society organizations, has developed a global initiative to safeguard the world’s most valuable indigenous and traditional agricultural systems: the Globally Important Ingenious Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) initiative.
Worldwide, valuable agro-ecosystems and landscapes have been created, shaped and maintained by generations of farmers and herders. These agri “cultural” systems testify to millennia of highly interdependent co-evolution of human societies with their natural environments, and they are increasingly being recognized as a major resource for food security, poverty alleviation, and community resilience. However, many factors threaten the sustainability of these agricultural heritage systems and for that reason FAO has developed the GIAHS initiative to help safeguarde these systems. A key concern of the initiative is to allow these systems to adapt to the changing surroundings and to strengthen their capacity to provide for peoples’ livelihoods."
Systems around the world include:
Two Pacific systems are currently being considered for inclusion:
Should we submit others from the Pacific? What about the maa islets or the atoll Giant Swamp Taro systems?
Pleased to see taro-based gardens, and certainly giant swamp taro should be added.Post a Comment
How about other traditional systems such as yams, plantains, breadfruit, etc, including mixed cropping.
Agrobiodiversity Weblog: For discussions of conservation and sustainable use of the genetic resources of crops, livestock and their wild relatives.