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

  • CTA
  • SPC
  • CEPaCT

     genebank locations
    Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the locations of Pacific genebanks. Click here to download a regional directory of genebanks in the Pacific, including information on their location, contact details and holdings.

    PAPGREN partners

    Mr William Wigmore
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 96
    Cook Islands
    Tel: (682) 28711-29720
    Fax: (682) 21881
    Email: cimoa@oyster.net.ck

    Mr Adelino S. Lorens
    Agriculture Pohnpei
    Office of Economic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1028
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Tel: (691) 3202400
    Fax: (691) 3202127
    Email: pniagriculture@mail.fm

    Dr Lois Englberger
    Island Food Community of Pohnpei
    Research Advisor
    P.O. Box 2299
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Email: nutrition@mail.fm

    Mr Apisai Ucuboi
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
    Koronivia Research Station
    P.O. Box 77
    Fiji Islands
    Tel: (679) 3477044
    Fax: (679) 3477546-400262
    Email: apisainu@yahoo.com

    Dr Maurice Wong
    Service du Developpement Rural
    B.P. 100
    Tahiti 98713
    French Polynesia
    Tel: (689) 42 81 44
    Fax: (689) 42 08 31
    Email: maurice.wong@rural.gov.pf

    Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
    Head, Research Section
    Division of Agriculture
    Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
    P.O. Box 267
    Tel: (686) 28096-28108-28080
    Fax: (686) 28121
    Email : agriculture@tskl.net.ki; Beenna_ti@yahoo.com

    Mr Frederick Muller
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 1727
    Majuro 96960
    Marshall Islands
    Tel: (692) 6253206
    Fax: (692) 6257471
    Email: rndsec@ntamar.net

    Mr Herman Francisco
    Bureau of Agriculture
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 460
    Koror 96940
    Tel: (680) 4881517
    Fax: (680) 4881725
    Email: bnrd@pnccwg.palaunet.com

    Ms Rosa Kambuou
    Principal Scientist PGR
    NARI Dry Lowlands Programme
    Laloki Agricultural Research Station
    P.O. Box 1828
    National Capital District
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: (675) 3235511
    Fax: (675) 3234733
    Email: kambuou@global.net.pg

    Ms Laisene Samuelu
    Principal Crop Development Officer
    Crops Division
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology
    P.O. Box 1874
    Tel: (685) 23416-20605
    Fax: (685) 20607-23996
    Email: lsamuelu@lesamoa.net

    Mr Jimi Saelea
    Director of Research
    Department of Agriculture and Livestock
    P.O. Box G13
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 27987

    Mr Tony Jansen
    Planting Materials Network
    Kastom Gaden Association
    Burns Creek, Honiara
    P.O. Box 742
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 39551
    Email: kastomgaden@solomon.com.sb

    Mr Finao Pole
    Head of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
    P.O. Box 14
    Tel: (676) 23038
    Fax: (676) 24271
    Email: thaangana@hotmail.com

    Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
    Head of Research
    Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    Private Mail Bag 040
    Port Vila
    Tel: (678) 22525
    Fax: (678) 25265
    Email: flehi@hotmail.com

    Other links

    Other CROP agencies
    Forum Secretariat
    University of the South Pacific

    Pacific biodiversity
    Biodiversity hotspots
    Breadfruit Institute
    Hawaiian native plants
    Intellectual property rights
    Nature Conservancy
    WWF South Pacific Program

    Other Pacific organizations
    Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
    Micronesian Seminar
    Te Puna web directory

    Pacific news
    Cafe Pacific
    CocoNET Wireless
    Island Directory
    Pacific Islands News
    Pacific Islands Report
    Pacific Islands Travel
    Pacific Time
    South Pacific travel
    Time Pacific

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    Sunday, October 02, 2005

    News from Seed Savers' Network

    The Seed Savers' Network has a busy month ahead in October. The two-day Local Seed Network Co-ordination Course is running at a discounted price of $30.00 to encourage as many people to attend as possible. The Course on Preparation for Working in Seed Saving and Permaculture Projects is also outlined below.

    Course On Coordinating a Local Seed Network

    Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October 2005 at the Seed Centre in Byron Bay, just before our Eighteenth Annual Gathering (22nd to 23rd October) also to be held at Seed Savers (tours of farms and gardens on Friday 21st October).

    This is a course for local seed network coordinators and members and those interested in setting up a local seed network. The course aims to help people who have knowledge of gardening and seed saving to successfully establish and run a seed exchange network in their local area. It will have a large practical component in the extensive seed producing gardens at the Seed Centre and in the national seed bank.

    Importance of Conserving Food Crop Diversity
    Benefits of Local Seed Networks
    How to Form a Network
    Sourcing Seeds and Planting Material
    Keeping Records
    Drying and Cleaning Seeds
    Testing Seeds
    Storing Seeds
    Promotion of your Network

    Jude and Michel Fanton have had many years experience of running The Seed Savers' Network, a national seed exchange network operating across Australia from The Seed Centre in Byron Bay. Since its inception in 1986, The Seed Savers' Network has had over 7 000 varieties come through the seed bank and over 12 000 people have been or are subscribers to the network. There are now sixty Local Seed Networks around Australia, with several in preparation. Jude and Michel have been teaching seed saving and Permaculture since 1981 in Australia and overseas.

    Participatory and practical with many exercises in thegarden. We will make good use of participants' experience and skills in running seed networks. All past groups have experienced a strong sense of camaraderie and group learning.

    For the small cost of $30 you will have course handouts, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and the evening meal on Wednesday 19th. Please contact us by September 15th to secure a place.

    Course on Preparation for Working in Seed Saving and Permaculture Projects

    10-15 October 2005, 8.30am to 4pm and two evenings at Seed Savers' Network Seed Centre, Byron Bay, NSW

    Biodiversity, biopiracy and genetic engineering
    What genetic resources need preservation
    Keeping varieties for posterity, seed production
    Selection, processing the seed harvest
    Storage, setting up a seed bank
    The development scene
    Working on development projects
    Current project opportunities
    Optional practical exercises in the garden

    The first three and a half days are on seed saving and there are two and a half days about preparation for and working on Permaculture and seed saving projects.

    Jude and Michel Fanton have worked in Permaculture for 24 years, teaching 18 Design Courses in Australia and overseas. In the last ten years they have initiated seed networks in the Solomon Islands, Cuba and Cambodia and consulted on strategies for preserving traditional varieties in Japan, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Tonga, East Timor, Afghanistan and for ten countries in Africa.T hey have trained a number of young people who have gone to work in the Solomon Islands, India, Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia, East Timor, Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador. They offer what they have learnt from these experiences and nineteen years of running The Seed Savers' Network in Australia to people who have an interest in working overseas or in Australian community projects that could involve seeds and Permaculture. There are also guest lecturers such as aid workers and international activists.

    Two kilometres south of the Byron Bay Post Office, one acre undulating gardens near the sea which have been designed on Permaculture principles with seed bank, annual garden, food forest, terraces, seed gardens, orchard, chooks and ponds.

    There are many options in Byron Bay including backpacker hostels and a camping ground not far from the Seed Centre. Please ask to be sent a list.

    Participatory and practical with many exercises in the garden and with seeds. All past groups have experienced a strong sense of camaraderie and group learning. Most meals are shared and some cooked together. After 4pm there is an optional practical of one and a half hours in the garden. There will be a research assignment and a presentation required of each participant, either individually or in groups.

    This is a course for people who are willing to work as volunteers or on a local wage on community-based sustainable agriculture projects, particularly those inspired by Permaculture and seed saving. The course aims to help people who have knowledge of horticulture, household food production, environmental management, health, nutrition, etc., to prepare themselves for development work.

    $420.00AUD includes course handouts, teas, lunches, two evening meals and presentations. Send $100 deposit by August 15th to secure a place.

    The Seed Savers' Eighteenth Annual Conference

    Theme: The Context and Culture of Seed Saving
    22nd to 23rd October 2005 at the Seed Centre in Byron Bay 9am to 4.30pm
    $15 per day

    Seed Savers' Eighteenth Annual Conference will be at the Seed Centre two kilometres south of the centre of Byron Bay.

    We are fortunate to have these people from overseas who will speak on the context and culture of seed saving in their countries:
    • Johnson Ladota from Solomon Islands - farmer and organiser in Planting Material Network
    • Betty and Atai from East Timor - staff of Permatil, Timor's umbrella Permaculture organisation
    • Mara Nieves from Puerto Rico - anti-GE activist who has also worked in Hawaii
    • Pablo Ermini from Argentina - agriculturist in urban agriculture, has established a national seed network.
    Saturday starts at 9am and Sunday at 9.30am with talks until morning tea, a forum with audience involvement before lunch and practical workshops in the afternoon. Anyone keen to make a presentation, please contact Jude Fanton on jude@seedsavers.net.

    There will be an opportunity for seed savers to get to know one another at the musical and social evening Saturday. During the weekend there will be guided tours of the seed gardens.

    Seed Savers has a Food Gardens in Schools project with a Resource Kit for teachers. It is seeking further support and case studies of anyone's experience with food gardens in schools. Please let us know if you would like to contribute in any way.

    The Seed Savers' Network at PO Box 975, Byron Bay, NSW 2481; T 02 6685 7560,T/F 02 6685 6624; Email info@seedsavers.net. Website: www.seedsavers.net

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