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Thursday, January 26, 2006
Posted 2:48 PM by Luigi
Billboard promotes local foods in Pohnpei
From Dr Lois Englberger.
We are happy to share with you that the first IFCP GO LOCAL billboard for promoting local food has been set up on the main road by the Pohnpei State Hospital. The term GO LOCAL is one that was coined some years ago by Bermin Weilbacher, and was selected to be the written message on the sign as it refers both to local foods and local knowledge and culture, and has become a well-known term in Pohnpei.
The artwork design (prepared by Wehns Billen) shows a father working on the land and kneeling to plant a small seedling, with his young child at his side, showing the idea of teaching the new generation and passing on traditional knowledge and care of local foods, with the mother nearby involved in preparing food for eating.
Some of the foods illustrated are particularly striking, as the pandanus, which is in the upper right hand corner, shining out in full glory like the sun! Also the Karat banana in the upper left hand corner with its very erect bunch and red-skinned fruit is very noticeable. Breadfruit, coconut, taro and other foods are depicted as well, to give a symbolic appearance of island foods.
In addition to the billboard at the hospital, there will be one at the causeway on the way to the airport and one will be constructed in Mand Village near the community hall, as a part of our project for promoting local food there in that community.
We would like to thank Nena Nena, FSM Secretary of Health, Education and Social Affairs who suggested that this would be a good thing to do. Thank you Nena!! We are happy too that the installment is at the time of the FSM Health Policy Symposium with many health representatives from overseas and all FSM states.
We thank Bermin Weilbacher for the GO LOCAL term, Wehns Billen for the great concept and artwork design and Pohnpei Arts and Craft for the painting, construction, and installment. Captain Benido of the Department of Public Safety is thanked for his time in approving the sites and ensuring of their road safety. A final thanks goes to the German Embassy based in Manila, Philippines, for funding this project and Karin Jahr de Guerrero for her great help in this. We thank also those others giving ideas to this and hope too that the message may have real impact in promoting local foods.
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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