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, December 04, 2005
Posted 5:51 PM by Luigi
Chris Ballard, Paula Brown, R. Michael Bourke and Tracy Harwood (eds). 2005. The Sweet Potato in Oceania: A Reappraisal. Pittsburgh and Sydney: Ethnology, University of Pittsburgh and Oceania Publications, University of Sydney.
Paul Van der Grijp. 2004. Identity and Development: Tongan Culture, Agriculture, and the Perenniality of the Gift. Leiden: KITLV Press. "Identity and Development presents a remarkable record of Tonga's increasing participation in the modern global economy, and provides anthropologists, economists, and historians with a detailed case study that bears heavily on major issues of the day, both practically and theoretically. The book focuses on issues of identity, entrepreneurship, and the intricacies of development and addresses the question, 'How (in the current state of the economy) can a Tongan become a successful grower?' This question is set against the background of a boom in cash cropping, sparked by a burgeoning export trade with Japan. Identity and development is in the tradition of the best Pacific ethnographies insofar as it describes living individuals - their specific desires and aspirations, the dilemmas they confront, thecultural ambiguities they must contend with, the constraints andincentives that guide their activities. Van der Grijp explicitly rejectsthe 'love of ease which wanders through [...] postmodern anthropology' and commits to a comparative perspective that presupposes a dialectic between generalities and particularities, between abstract theory on theone hand, and case studies on the other. The book is a fine example of what this entails."
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