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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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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.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Posted 7:16 PM by Luigi
Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems for Health
I am happy to share with you that a 4-member team from our Pohnpei Traditional Food for Health project just attended the Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems for Health: 2006 Meeting of Case Study Partners, August 10-13, 2006, in Montreal, Canada. Our team included Mr. Adelino Lorens and Mr. Kiped Albert as the Community Partners, myself as the Academic Partner, and Ms. Amy Levendusky, as Peace Corps Volunteer working with our Island Food Community of Pohnpei.
This global health meeting was hosted by the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE), based at McGill University, as directed by Professor Harriet Kuhnlein, who recently visited our Island Food Community of Pohnpei-coordinated project, June 3-9, 2006, accompanied by Chief Bill Erasmus, Chair of the CINE Board (see our previous email and newspaper article on this).
To summarize, Pohnpei was invited last year to join this project as the 12th of the 12 case studies from around the world. The other case studies include the Nuxalk, Inuit, and Gwich’in from Canada, Igbo from Nigeria, Dalit and Bhil from India, Karen from Thailand, Aguaruna from Peru, Inganu from Columbia, Ainu from Japan, and Maasai from Kenya. The purpose of the overall project is to improve health through the increased use of traditional foods and to produce scientific documentation of the impact of this for presenting to the United Nations in order to help indigenous peoples.
The overall plan of the project includes 3-4 months of documentation of the traditional food system and assessing the health and diets, and then 2 years of an intervention to improve diets and health, followed by a final assessment of the diets and health. Our meeting in Montreal focused on producing the first documentation paper of the project, which will be published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
As many of you know, the Pohnpei case study centered in Mand Community, in Pohnpei. One of our major findings was that the traditional food system is greatly neglected. Yet, there was a great diversity of foods, 381 distinctly different food items. The study has raised great community interest and signs of project impact have already been recorded.
What a great meeting this was in Canada! We learned much about the many similarities as well as the differences between the case studies and the respective food systems. Each session was opened by a prayer, from those of different religions around the world. We shared rooms and shared thoughts. One session was held outdoors at the home of Professor Kuhnlein, with participants sitting around a fire. After the meeting one participant emailed that he had gone back home and told everybody he had met his old cousins!
Thank you again CINE for inviting us here in Pohnpei to join this project!
Lois Englberger, PhD
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Tel: 691-320-8639 Fax: 691-320-4647
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