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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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Thursday, October 26, 2006
Posted 2:02 PM by Luigi
Promoting pandanus in the Marshalls
From Dr Lois Englberger.
As generously supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and coordinated by Dirk Schulz of FAO, I will be traveling today to Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to spend a week working on pandanus promotion. Marie Maddison, Director of the RMI National Training Council, and Daisy Alik-Momotaro, Executive Director of the Women United Together in the Marshall Islands (WUTMI) have warmly invited me to participate in their WUTMI Annual General Assembly 30 October to 3 November, 2006, and I look forward very much to that. This is a very important meeting with around 400 women from all over the Marshall Islands expected to participate.
For the pandanus work, a focus will be on the colorful, information-packed, almost completed Bob en Majel (Marshallese Pandanus) poster. We have printed over a hundred copies of the electronic version of the draft poster in letter size and I will be bringing these with me for distribution. Hopefully, we can provide a copy to each who participates in the training. The final large size poster will soon be printed and laminated, as organized and funded by FAO, and then sent to Majuro for further distribution and use.
Also I will be bringing copies of our scientific paper on carotenoid content of Marshallese pandanus published this year in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis and two of the new large-size FAO/CINE Pacific Indigenous Food posters, for those of you who are interested. More copies of these materials can be also provided later, for those of you who are interested.
I look forward also to getting ideas from RMI on island food and health promotion, sharing about our projects here in Pohnpei and seeing how our Island Food Community of Pohnpei can work more closely with our Marshall Islands neighbors and friends.
Thank you again Dirk and FAO for their support and thank you Marie, Daisy, and WUTMI and I look forward to seeing you very soon!
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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