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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Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Posted 6:18 PM by Luigi
Pacific Indigenous Foods Poster
From Dr Lois Englberger.
We are happy to share with you that the Pacific Indigenous Foods Poster has been completed and that Pohnpei and the people of Mand Village in Madolenihmw assisted in its development. The poster is the fourth in a series being developed by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Center of Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The poster is at the FAO INFOODS website at: http://www.fao.org/infoods/index_en.stm. Go to the Biodiversity Section (left frame) and then to the Indigenous Foods link (also left frame).
Banana, taro, coconut, fish, breadfruit, greens, and pandanus are the seven foods presented on the Pacific Foods poster. A wealth of information is presented, including names, number of species and varieties, and cultivar-specific ranges of nutrient content of selected nutrients, in addition to the stunning photos, of which many were taken in Mand.
The other posters in the series so far include the global poster, and the Africa and Asia food posters. All posters have side sections focusing on the values of indigenous foods: exceptional nutritional value, taste, economical, available, and culture. It is hoped that the posters will assist in raising awareness on the importance of biodiversity and the great range in nutrient content among the many cultivars.
Barbara Burlingame of FAO led the development of this poster with technical development and photo selection by Harriet Kuhnlein and Lois Englberger as acknowledged on the poster. Others in the Pacific region contributed information for the poster. The photos were mainly by KP Studios.
A few preliminary hard copies of the poster have been received, which we had laminated and have shared with a few institutions here in Pohnpei. We have an exciting report from Iris Falcam, heading the Pacific Collection of the College of Micronesia-FSM Library, who had her copy framed and has hung it with the Pohnpei Banana poster and Pohnpei Carotenoid-rich Foods poster. She points out that that the posters are attracting attention of the students.
Many thanks to the agencies involved, FAO, CINE, IDRC/CRDI, Barbara and Harriet for their dedicated work, the photographers and those in the photos, those providing information for this poster, and also Iris and others who are now displaying and using the poster!! We look forward to its use in promoting the many values of local island foods!
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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