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, July 13, 2006
Posted 1:39 AM by Luigi
Food relief needed in Solomon Islands
HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, July 12) - An Ontong Java chief says his people will go hungry if relief food supplies do not reach them by the end of the month. Speaking through two-way radio on Monday, Chief Peter Kalali urged the National Disaster Management Office to act quickly. The island of Lord Howe, in the Malaita Outer Islands, was recently hit by coastal waves, which damage food gardens on the low lying island. [PIR editor’s note: Ontong Java, formerly known as Lord Howe Island, is part of Malaita Province, located north of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. According to Wikipedia, the people of the main island of Malaita are Melanesians whilethe outer islands of Ontong Java and Sikaiana are of a Polynesian ethnicity]. Kalali said the situation was further exacerbated by continuous heavy rain, which made it difficult for people to grow their food gardens. Taro is the stable root crop on the island. “I was pressured by my people to alert authorities aboutthe problem we are facing now. If relief supplies did not reach us by the end of the month, we will go hungry,” Kalali said.
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