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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Monday, October 23, 2006
Posted 4:55 PM by Luigi
Pohnpei Farmers’ Fair and World Food Day
From Dr Lois Englberger.
We are happy to share with you preliminary news on the Pohnpei Farmers’ Fair and World Food Day activities held last week, 19-20 October, 2006.
Over 100 farmers joined the crop competition and the winning yam entries for both the Kehp Peniou and Kehp en Dol en Wai categories weighed 210 pounds each. There was an impressive display of banana and sugar cane varieties, and other local foods, along with a number of booth displays.
The Healthy Cooking Competition held on 19 August 2006 Crop attracted 19 participants, both women and men. They provided creative dishes and written recipes for Karat and Daiwang banana, giant swamp taro (Cyrtosperma), pandanus and an open local food category. The criteria for this competition included low salt, sugar, and fat content, good taste and an attractive clean presentation.
Thirteen members of the Let’s Go Local Club presented an entertaining skit, which not only was packed with information on the nutrient-rich Pohnpei banana varieties, but also brought smiles!! Other involvement from the schools included that of the Art and Essay Competition.
The donors for the event are warmly thanked and include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Pacific German Regional Forestry Program, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Program, Sight and Life, New Zealand Government, Development of Sustainable Agriculture in the Pacific, Bank of the FSM, FSM Development Bank, Pohnpei Island Architect and Construction, Do It Best, Telecom, Ace Office Supply, V6AH Radio and Yoshies.
Thank you again to all those participating in the events, those helping with the arrangements, and again to our donors!
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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