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).
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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, November 13, 2005
Posted 7:24 PM by Luigi
The annual meeting of PAPGREN focal points around the region took place 26-29 October. The objectives of this year’s meeting, which was held in Luganville on Santo in order to be able to visit VARTC and was organized locally by Mr Frazer Bule with the assistance of Ms Reapi Masau (our thanks to both of them!), were to:
This marks the first time that a representative from New Caledonia has come to the network meeting, and there were a number of new faces from Fiji, Tonga and indeed Vanuatu. The meeting was kindly opened by Ms Dorosday Kenneth, who also participated in the whole of the first day’s discussions before having to return to Port Vila.
We are preparing a formal report on the meeting which will summarize the discussion and set out various recommendations in these areas. We also managed to go over the draft Material Transfer Agreement of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Reosurces for Food and Agriculture in some detail, and spent almost a day reviewing the draft regional strategy we have been working on for the past year or so for the Global Crop Diversity Trust. Based on this input, we should be able to present the strategy to the Trust before the end of the year.
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