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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Sunday, October 16, 2005
Posted 2:05 PM by Luigi
New video promotes healthy island foods
'GOING YELLOW', a new video produced by Micronesian Seminar in conjunction with Sight and Life and the Island Food Community of Pohnpei, presents an exciting combination of humor and entertainment, along with scientific information on food and health, and nostalgic pictures of the past showing traditional food practices.
The film was initiated and supported by Sight and Life, a humanitarian organization based in Switzerland, and primarily focuses on the alleviation of vitamin A deficiency. This problem and other nutritionally-related diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, have emerged in Micronesia along with the shift from traditional foods to an increased consumption of rice and other refined and fatty foods.
A cast of goofy characters, including a grandmother who cries (in a comical and nostalgic way) because she misses the local foods that used to be so plentiful, helps make the serious issue of nutrition entertaining and fun.
At the same time, the message is presented about the importance of increasing the production and consumption of local food, especially the yellow-fleshed foods and varieties like Karat and Taiwang banana, giant swamp taro, and pandanus.
Copies of this video are available on tape or DVD for $10 each from Micronesian Seminar, and a few copies are being made available for no charge by the Island Food Community of Pohnpei for sharing at public events.
Dr. Lois Englberger, PhD
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone: 691-320-8639 Fax: 691-320-4647
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