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).
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Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Posted 3:26 PM by Tevita
Laptop initiative trialed in Solomon Islands
From : PACNEWS
04 OCTOBER 2007 HONIARA (Pacnews) ----- A pilot project in Solomon Islands aims to provide every child with a laptop and internet access.The ‘One Laptop Per Child’ initiative started in the United States with a plan to create a laptop computer costing less than $US100.
The goal was to help make internet access a reality for people in developing countries. The Solomon Islands trial is being run by a group of internet activists from New Zealand, Australia, Solomon Islands and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community( SPC). They aim to roll out the project across the Pacific islands.A recent study from the University of the South Pacific (USP) showed only one per cent of primary schools in the South Pacific have access to information technologies.A New Zealand member of the initiative, Ian Thomson has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat the laptop project will have many benefits.“I think it's certainly going to be an educational revolution,” he said. “The idea is that given access to the right information these people will be able to make better decisions about their futures and about their directions so it's really just about empowering people, I think, through the internet and through these $100 laptops.”……PNS (ENDS)
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