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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Monday, May 29, 2006
Posted 3:08 PM by Luigi
Intern at Island Food Community of Pohnpei
From Dr Lois Englberger.
I would like to share with you that Angela Parvanta, student at the University of Hawaii, is now here with us in Pohnpei to do a 3-month internship with the Island Food Community of Pohnpei.
Angela is majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Management and is interested in issues of agro-biodiversity and health.
Her project here will be to carry out a market study for the volumes of the different banana varieties marketed. This will provide baseline data for our program of promoting the unique Pohnpei bananas, some of which are now rare and few are marketed.
Her focus will be to collect information on the number of pounds of bananas that the markets purchase from farmers. She will also be collecting other relevant information to help describe market practices in Pohnpei. Up to this time she has contacted 14 markets.
She has met with relevant agencies such as Pohnpei Agriculture of the Office of Economic Affairs and the College of Micronesia-FSM Land Grant Program for their ideas and assistance.
Also she is interested in other related IFCP and environmental activities and joined the Youth to Youth Fair on Friday 26 May 2006, and the Environmental Club meeting on Saturday 27 May, 2006, as led by the Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP).
Thank you again CSP for involving us in both those exciting events, and thank you Angela for coming! We welcome you and hope that your experience here with us will be fulfilling!
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