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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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Posted 9:39 PM by Tevita
PIANGO confident it will be able to expand its work over next three years
From : Radio New Zealand International
Posted at 07:59 on 11 August, 2008 UTC
The outgoing chair of PIANGO’s board,Adi Maimalaga Tafuna’i, says she’s confident it will grow bigger and stronger over the next 3 year term.
The council for PIANGO, which is the organisation representing NGOs in the Pacific, has been meeting in New Zealand to determine its strategy for the next three years.
Adi Tafuna’i says funding remains a major challenge but NZAid and AusAID as well as other development partners have helped the organisation progress.
She says with such support, PIANGO’s work will continue to contribute greatly to the region at grassroots level.
“What we will see is organisations that are non governmental on the ground throughout the Pacific doing the work that they are mandated to do. Which is like looking at issues to do with HIV Aids, Health, Income Generation. You have civil society trying to better the lives of people in the islands so they can really have sustainable livelihoods.”
Adi Tafana’i, the outgoing chair of PIANGO.
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