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, November 15, 2005
Posted 7:05 PM by Luigi
An exciting new project of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Lifestyle Health Section led by Wendy Snowdon is now in process. This involves revising five of the SPC Food Leaflets, on taro, breadfruit, coconut, eating and cooking banana (making two separate ones on banana), and developing a new one on pandanus. Although there are 18 Food Leaflets to date, this will be the first time to have a leaflet on pandanus, which is a staple food on many Pacific islands. It is hoped to also develop one on herbs and spices at some time, and later to revise and update the other leaflets.
The purpose of these leaflets is to present information on these important Pacific Island foods, including nutrition and health and food use information (recipes) as well as plant genetic resources conservation, planting, harvesting, and preserving, in order to help lead to increased production and consumption.
New findings and research, including those on carotenoid-rich varieties (yellow-fleshed varieties of banana and other foods) have pointed toward the need for this work. Also there is a need to have a material that can be sent electronically and photocopied in-country, in order to decrease high shipping costs that are needed for distributing the present leaflets.
Dr. Lois Englberger is assisting with the development of the new pandanus leaflet and the revision of the other leaflets by re-writing, incorporating new information, and preparing photographic materials that will be used for the development of new graphic designs.
CTA (Technical Centre for Rural Agriculture and Co-operation) is providing financial support for this project. The initial drafts are being submitted at the end of November 2005 and it is hoped that the final product will be completed by mid-2006.
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