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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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Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Posted 2:47 PM by Luigi
Traditional Pingelapese Recipes
From Dr Lois Englberger in Pohnpei.
I would like to share with you our recent article in the Kaselehlie Press newspaper, in case that you would like to have it electronically. This was written by Amy Levendusky, who is a Peace Corps volunteer helping the Island Food Community of Pohnpei in its work. For those of you not familiar with Mand, it is a Pingelapese community on the main island of Pohnpei. Pingelap is one of the outer atolls of Pohnpei.
Women of Mand Share Traditional Recipes
By Amy Levendusky
Members of the Mand community continue to meet together twice weekly to provide important information on local crop varieties featured in the Mand Food List. This is part of the on-going project entitled, "Documentation of the Traditional Food System of Pohnpei", coordinated by the Island Food Community of Pohnpei.
Each time the Mand working group meets, in addition to providing traditional knowledge on local foods, a local recipe is also prepared by one of the women and shared with all the participants. These recipes are being photographed, recorded, and then sampled. This project began in May and will be completed by the end of August.
During the following months of documentation, community members will identify which local foods have the most potential for promoting in a 2-year intervention campaign. This is aimed at assisting the residents of Mand to meet their food needs, increase self-reliance, improve health and nutrition, economic savings, and protect agricultural biodiversity. This campaign will begin in September 2005 and finish in September 2007. The sharing of traditional local recipes by the women of Mand is a valuable addition to this project as it will assist the community members in deciding which foods to promote, having high nutrient content as well as being highly acceptable.
The project is being led by Kiped Albert and Podis Pedrus of Mand, and Adelino Lorens of Pohnpei Agriculture. The research team includes Dr. Lois Englberger of IFCP, Douglas Nelber of the Historic Preservation Office, Yumiko Paul of the Pohnpei Department of Health, Welsihter Hagilmai of the College of Micronesia-FSM Land Grant Program, Amy Levendusky of Pohnpei Agriculture/ Peace Corps, Mari Yanagisaki of the Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, and Sarah Shaeffer of Emory University.
Thanks are extended to Nelihser James for preparing her delicious recipe of Kariana listed below.
For the greatest health benefits, choose yellow-fleshed varieties like Mwang Tekatek, Mwahng Pwiliet, Smihden, Songpwong Weneu, and Saleng Walek.
Dr. Lois Englberger, PhD
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Federated States of Micronesia
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