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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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Posted 6:01 AM by Luigi
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
From Dr Lois Englberger.
We now have a published paper about our Island Food Community of Pohnpei, its background, vision, mission, activities and major challenges! This is in the Pacific Health Dialog, Vol 12 No 2, 2005, pages 79-84.
Christelle Lepers of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community has just shared with us about the release of the issue. Our particular article is here. The whole issue is here.
The article was written in 2005, and the authors include our initial Founding Members and Board Members. A few things have changed since then, but the Yellow Varieties Message is the same, as well as our focus on an ethnographic, participatory inter-agency approach!
The title, authors and abstract are below, and thank you again Christelle!
An NGO approach for addressing the nutrition dilemma: the Island Food Community of Pohnpei focuses on awareness, food analysis, conservation, and food processing
By Lois Englberger, Adelino Lorens, Bill Raynor, Amy Levendusky, Yumiko Paul, Welsihter Hagilmai, Jim Currie, Penny Weilbacher, Rufino Mauricio, Eliuel Pretrick, Willy Kostka, Ellen Ehsa, Robert Andreas
Abstract. The establishment of the Island Food Community of Pohnpei, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, presents a new approach for promoting Pacific Island food for its health and many other benefits. Its vision is holistic, stressing the importance of island food for sustainable development, economic benefits, self-reliance, improved health, cultural preservation, and human dignity, at the same time protecting the natural resources. A major reason for the establishment of this NGO is the emergence of an epidemic of nutrition-related health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, vitamin A deficiency, and anemia. Although health is at the cornerstone of the establishment of this NGO and health officers are integrally involved, the project is closely associated with the agriculture sector. The Island Food Community of Pohnpei works via an ethnographic participatory inter-agency approach and its activities include the identification and promotion of nutrient-rich varieties of the traditional staple foods, incorporating the “Yellow Varieties Message.” There were also activities to conserve rare varieties and to develop small-scale food processing.
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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