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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Thursday, January 05, 2006
Posted 3:09 PM by Luigi
Teaching taro cultivation in Hawaii
From the Honolulu Star Bulletin, 25 Dec. 2005.
Six island residents have been named "Living Treasures" for contributions to preserving the traditions and teaching of cultures in the islands. They join a list of more than 100 island residents recognized for perpetuating the traditions, spirit and values of Hawaii since the program was begun 30 years ago by Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. One of these is Edward Kaanana. He uses the loi - the taro patch - to teach traditional Hawaiian values about the environment. "Uncle Eddie" works with UH students as a manaleo, native speaker, and created a curriculum for teaching taro cultivation. He serves as the kupuna at Anuenue School, a Hawaiian immersion school in Palolo. He advises faculty on cultural and protocol issues. He serves as an adviser to several cultural organizations including Bishop Museum, the UH Hawaiian studies department, the statewide Taro Farmers' Association and other groups.
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