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
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Sunday, March 12, 2006
Posted 3:00 PM by Luigi
Some PNG stories
The latest DIDINET newsletter from Seniorl Anzu (firstname.lastname@example.org), PNG National Agricultural Research Institute has a number of interesting stories. Here's a taster:
‘Grow more taro’
A group of women farmers from Morobe Province were left flustered when told that a supermarket in Port Moresby was selling taros imported from Vanuatu. Steven Mesa of the European Union-funded programme for food sustainability in the South Pacific told a gathering of women who are members of the group, Women In Agriculture, that though this may be shocking and confusing, given that taro was a staple diet and grown in many parts of the country for ages, “we have not been able to develop it onto a commercial scale”. He was speaking during a ground-breaking ceremony for Morobe Women in Agriculture at Poahom, outside Lae recently...
Farmers learn about getting new sweet potato varieties from polycross nursery
Farmers can get new varieties of sweet potato from hybrid seeds which are generated through randomised crossing of existing varieties in their gardens. The National Agricultural Research Institute’s (NARI) Outreach and Liaison Officer Elick Guaf told participants at a sweet potato farmer training in Lae last week that this technology can help them generate varieties with the quality they desired...
How Papua New Guinea villagers survived the 1997 drought and frosts
In 1997, a major drought and series of frosts seriously affected many people in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the western Pacific and eastern Indonesia. This was one of the worst droughts to affect PNG over the past century. The other big droughts occurred in 1914 and 1941, with the 1997 event arguably the most severe of the three. The drought, and the repeated frosts at high altitude, had a major impact on many aspects of villagers’ lives in much of PNG, particularly on their food supply. Crop yields were reduced and, in many places, crop production failed completely. Other outcomes included a reduction in the quantity and quality of drinking water and an increase in the incidence of human disease. By the end of 1997, comprehensive field assessments indicated that 1.2 million villagers (almost 40 per cent of the rural population) were suffering severe food shortages, which was life-threatening in some cases...
A paper with the above title by Michael Bourke, first published in Development Bulletin, No 67, 2005, pages 27-29, summarises how the affected people responded and how most survived this crisis. The paper draws on a number of published papers by the author and colleagues, including Allen (2000), Allen and Bourke (2001), Bourke (1999), Bourke (2000), and a series of 17 papers published in the Proceedings of the PNG Food and Nutrition 2000 Conference (Bourke, Allen and Salisbury, eds 2001).
The entire paper is available with the DIDINET editor (Seniorl Anzu email@example.com). Development Bulletin can be ordered from the Development Studies Network, Australian National University, Canberra (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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