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, November 28, 2007
Posted 6:21 PM by Tevita
Body Shop excited by first purchase of organic coconut oil from the Pacific
From : RZNI
The multi-national cosmetic company, the Body Shop, says it is excited about its new venture with a community based project in Samoa.
Samoa will export an initial shipment of 300 kilogrammes of organic coconut oil to the Body Shop in Britain this week.
A Body Shop spokesperson, Nicky Tracey, says it’s a first.
“We don’t have a lot of community trade programmes within the Asia-Pacific region and the Body Shop, globally, made the decision that they wanted to find an organic coconut oil source and if possible to source it from the Asia Pacific region. We are delighted that we have been able to start working with the community in Samoa.”
Nicky Tracey says the oil, which is produced with the support of a Samoan NGO, Women in Business Development, will be used for a new product range to be launched next year.
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