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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Friday, May 05, 2006
Posted 9:03 PM by Luigi
The International Treaty on PGR for Food and Agriculture
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on Friday that Iran has ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, bringing the number of countries that have officially ratified the Treaty to 100. This includes 3 Pacific countries: Cook Islands, Kiribati and Samoa. The Republic of the Marshall Islands has signed the Treaty, signalling the intention to ratify it. See the full list of Countries here: http://www.fao.org/Legal/TREATIES/033s-e.htm.
A workshop is being organized by Australia's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and SPC later this month in Fiji to discuss the Treaty and other PGR policy issues as they affect the Pacific Island Countries and Territories.
You can find out more about the Treaty here: http://www.fao.org/ag/cgrfa/itpgr.htm.
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