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, May 29, 2007
Posted 2:14 AM by Tevita
Underutilized Species News Update
From : GFU
Dear GFU news readers,
Welcome to our monthly news update.
All items below are also posted on our home page (http://www.underutilized-species.org/)
We are delighted to let you know about a static version of GFU web site that will allow browsing off line. This should help in creating connections and spreading information about underutilized species amongst the less or non connected stakeholders.
"Greater appreciation of local crops" - On the occasion of the 11th Regular Session of the FAO Commission on GRFA, the GFU will organize a side event to draw the attention of the Commission delegates to underutilized crops and their importance for the livelihoods of the rural and urban poor. The final objective is to eventually contribute to a change in national and international policies in such a way that they stimulate and enable the enhanced use of these important resources.
We shall also be in Johannesburg during the same days at the FARA AGM and we will be there with a booth with information material and displays.
Our interest is to raise attention amongst the attending stakeholders and delegations about the importance underutilized species carry.
The database "Underutilized Species" is growing and if anyone would like to take ownership on a particular plant species you are more than welcome, let us know about experts, expertise and suggestions of any kind that will help us improve our service.
We look forward to hearing from you about anything you would like to share and see included on this platform.
Please let us know if you would like to be removed from this distribution list
Your GFU team.
WHO IS DOING WHAT WITH UNDERUTILIZED SPECIES
Experts added to the list this month
and two projects
Understanding and managing the genetic diversity of Noug (Guizotia abyssinica) for its improvement
Enhancing the contribution of Nutritious but Neglected crops to Food Security and to Incomes of Rural Poor: Bolivia Component Quinoa
To learn about and contribute to this database follow the link Who is doing What
Here the links to search for Experts, Projects and Institutions
The potential of small holder technology in quinoa producing communities of the Southern Bolivian Altiplano
2nd National Jatropha curcas L. conference
International Conference „Value chains for broad-based development“ 30 – 31 May 2007, Berlin, Germany
Global Scientific Challenges: Perspectives from Young Scientists -An international conference celebrating 75 years of ICSU
The Role of Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Poverty Alleviation and Biodiversity Conservation
5th International Symposium on New Crops and Uses: their role in a rapidly changing world
5th European Association for South-East Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) Conference, Naples 2007
XII OPTIMA Meeting Org. for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area
Orphan crops conference - New approaches to plant breeding of orphan crops in Africa
Second PROTA International Workshop and Investors' Forum
Second International Conference on Health and Biodiversity (COHAB 2007) Galway, Ireland
European AgroBiodiversity Day (EAD)
Tropentag 2007 - 'Utilisation of diversity in land use systems: Sustainable and organic approaches to meet human needs'
8th African Crop Science Society Conference to be held in El-Minia, Egypt, 27- 31 October 2007.
Tenth International Congress of Ethnobiology in Cusco Peru (ICE 2007)
Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity 2007
Conference on Native Breeds and Varieties as part of natural and cultural heritage with international participation
International Symposium “Underutilized Plants for food, nutrition, income and sustainable development”
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Online Academic Course on NTFP Culture & Management
WI - Market access and sustainable development - 2007
WI - Training programme for the Food industry and agribusiness - 2007
Plant genetic resources and seeds Policies, conservation and use - Ethiopia, September 17 – October 12, 2007
Conservation & sustainable use of plant genetic resources in agriculture - The Netherlands, May 21 – June 29, 2007
Enhancing agrobiodiversity use: markets and chains - The Netherlands, 21 May – 1 June 2007
UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Call for Concept Notes: Action Research on "Value Chains and the Rural Poor in Disadvantaged Regions"
RECENTLY UPLOADED WEBSITES
"The Wholeness of Creation"
FANRPAN - Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network
AGROMISA - Knowledge Centre for Small Scale Sustainable Agriculture
FRAMEweb - Knowledge sharing for the natural resources management community
Quantitative risk assessment strategies for novel foods – NOFORISK
Marula Natural Products company
Useful Plants Garden at Kirstenbosch
RECENTLY UPLOADED PUBLICATIONS
AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING
Different species of native plants can help communities tackle issues with too much or too little water
Marango - Cultivo y utilización en la alimentación animal
West meets East for diverse recipes
Bamboo, an alternative crop
Indigenous plant benefits San
Institute for traditional medicines
Jatropha: creating desert solutions
Marula breaks into beauty market
Going native with plants: A new-old direction for water conservation
Suggested Cultural Practices for Moringa UPDATED!
INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND ETHNOBOTANY
Hidden in the Herbs
Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity
Pachamama, the Convention on Biological Diversity’s newsletter on traditional knowledge issues
Plant story - Oxytenanthera abyssinica
NUTRITION AND HEALTH
Provision of Vitamin A Through Utilization of Local Food Materials in Rural Parts of Western Kenya
Moringa leaves: strategies, standards and markets for a better impact on nutrition in Africa
POST HARVEST AND VALUE ADDING
Improved health and livelihoods with African indigenous vegetables
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