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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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Monday, September 25, 2006
Posted 8:17 PM by Luigi
Cyrtosperma and other local foods in Pohnpei
From Dr Lois Englberger.
Here below are recent items shared with Claudia David, V6AH Radio of Pohnpei. They relate to the rich mineral content of giant swamp taro, or mwahng (Cyrtosperma) and the LET’S GO LOCAL CLUB activities. Claudia has shared with me that the items were broadcast last week according to their regular news broadcasts, at 12 noon, 3 pm and 7 pm, in English and Pohnpeian.
An exciting thing about the Let’s Go Local Club item is that the students themselves were involved in writing their news item. Thank you to Marvin Obispo and his group!
Perhaps some of you here on Pohnpei have heard these items on the radio!! We look forward to comments and hope that this may be a way of broadening our target audience and promoting healthy and tasty local island foods!
Thank you again Claudia and also to Marvin and all the Let’s Go Local Club members!
Recent studies on giant swamp taro (or mwahng) by the Island Food Community of Pohnpei shows that there are a number of varieties rich in the essential minerals iron, zinc, and calcium. This is confirmed by scientific analyses on Pohnpei samples carried out in laboratories in mainland United States and Australia. Iron is needed for building strong blood, zinc is needed for fighting infection, and calcium is needed for strong bones and teeth. Mwahng contains almost 10 times the level of these minerals as compared to rice, the common imported food. Mwahng could significantly contribute to an adult’s estimated daily requirements of these minerals along with a consumption of about two cups in the morning and two cups in the evening.
On September 12, 2006, the “Let’s Go Local Club” made up of high school students had their second round of community service work focusing on teaching about the high values of local food. There were a total of 23 students, including 10 new recruits. They first met at the Pohnpei Upward Bound office. A short humorous presentation was made by Miuky Paul, Gidson Santos and Marvin Obispo, for refreshing old members’ memories about the Pohnpei Carotenoid-rich Foods poster and training the new members. After this, the students set off around Kolonia for distributing and teaching about the posters, all wearing their green Let’s Go Local t-shirts. One of the most interesting encounters was that of the group led by Marvin Obispo, explaining the poster to a class of around 20 students at the Lady of Mercy school, as taught by Sister Gloria. She was so interested in the presentation that she invited the students to come back again. The next meeting of the Let’s Go Local Club is on 7 October and new members are also invited. Kalahngan!!
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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