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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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Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
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Mr Herman Francisco
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Mr Jimi Saelea
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Thursday, November 06, 2008
Posted 1:55 PM by Tevita
Press Release on the GO LOCAL Awareness Workshops in northern Malaita, Solomon Islands
From : Island Food Community of Pohnpei
On 6 to 10 October, the Kastom Gaden Association organized a special series of nutrition awareness workshops on Malaita in the area of Malu’u, supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research/HarvestPlus, Island Food Community of Pohnpei/Micronesia, and the International Potato Center. The facilitators were Dr. Graham Lyons, Dr. Wendy Foley, Dr. Lois Englberger, Ms. Roselyne Kabu, Mr. Lawrence Atu, and Nelsen Alatala.
The workshop focused on the health benefits of orange and yellow-fleshed bananas, sweet potatotes and other local foods. The varieties of these that are deeper in color contain more of a substance called beta-carotene, which turns to vitamin A in the body and helps protect against cancer, heart disease, diabetes, malaria, infections, and weak blood. Participants learned that the white-fleshed foods are also nutrient-rich and contain at least some beta-carotene but rice, noodles, bread, and sugar contain none. It was stressed that what you eat does affect your health. A person may feel all right with eating only rice for some meals but over a period of time will get sick if that is continued.
Participants also learned about the bananas that have upright bunches and have more orange/yellow flesh that are particularly good for the health. Another substance that they contain is riboflavin or vitamin B2. When you eat these bananas, the urine becomes yellow but this is fine and good for you, it just means that your body does not need all the vitamins at that time.
The “CHEEF” benefits of local foods were also explained. “CHEEF” refers to Culture, Health, Environment, Economic, and Food security. Finally participants learned the Let’s Go Local song! (written by Gibson Santos of Pohnpei).
Thanks are expressed to all those assisting in the arrangements and all the participants!
Dr. Lois Englberger, PhD
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 1995
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Federated States of Micronesia
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