Information, Communications & Extension

The ICE thematic group contributes to achieving LRD objectives of improving food security and well-being of member countries by promoting innovative extension approaches to communicate information and promote new technologies for the sustainable management of agricultural and forest resources.
 

Taro Leaf Blight Manual
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 08:39

This new publication, Taro Leaf Blight Manual discusses taro leaf blight and its effect on taro cultivation in Samoa. It considers the approach used by Samoa to tackle the disease and how, through a participatory breeding programme, taro was once again returned to the fields of Samoa. In practical application, the manual explains the steps involved in a taro breeding programme and how to establish a participatory taro breeding programme.

A step by step approach is used to explain the breeding process which should enable any farmer, researcher or extension agent to breed taro. The publication concludes by highlighting the risks of taro leaf blight (TLB) faced by other countries in the Pacific, under the projected climate conditions for the region, with recommended strategies for consideration.

To download the manual, please click here: Taro Blight Manual

 
ICELRD’s core business is to improve the food and nutritional security of the Pacific Community through the sustainable management and development of land, agriculture and forestry resources. This is accomplished through the delivery of technical support, training and advice to our member country governments in the areas of plant protection, conservation and use of plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management, and biosecurity and trade facilitation.

The Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (HOAFS) is the leading regional body providing guidance to LRD work plans. The biannual HOAFS Meeting endorses LRD work plans and budget. The office of the LRD Executive acts as the Secretariat for HOAFS.