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 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, February 05, 2006
Posted 1:08 PM by Luigi
A market to promote local foods
This message was sent by Moses Pretrick to the Island Food Community of Pohnpei mailing list. It might be relevant to other Pacific Islands as well.
I follow this forum and wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Lois and all of you for all your excellent ideas of promoting local foods for good health, food security, culture, business, private sector development etc...
Another possible idea to further promote local food production and consumption is to physically expand our local food market facilities to provide more space for let's say 50 more farmers who are willing and able to sell their harvests. This sort of setting could probably help stimulate more production of local crops, including fruits and vegetables, and more competition with imported foods. We walk into a super market this week the shelves are full of imported vegetables and fruits; and after a week or so the shelves are completely empty. It is therefore clear that we need to sustain our local supply of fruits, vegetables and root crops to meet local and export demand for these healthy foods.
Since our campaign to grow and eat more local food consumption has been gaining wider recognition for health, cultural, economic and other import reasons, government could probably spear-head a small pilot project to see if such idea would in fact work well here in Pohnpei. It seemed to work pretty well in some South Pacific island countries that consumed more local foods than we are.
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