Genetic Resources

The GR thematic team contributes to the LRD objectives through facilitating access to both traditional and improved agrobiodiversity. The Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) is the genebank for the Pacific region. It houses a globally unique collection of taro, conserving diversity for present and future generations. The CePaCT also plays a key role in ensuring that the countries of the Pacific have access not only to traditional diversity but also to improved crops, which can be crucial in the management of pests and diseases, and in securing food production within a changing climate. Crop diversity can also assist countries in taking advantage of market opportunities.

Protecting the diversity of coconuts in the Pacific islands
Thursday, 04 February 2021 12:57
coconut nursery

Researchers in the Pacific recently travelled to a remote island in Fiji to collect endangered coconut specimens as part of an ACIAR-supported proje....

Pacific Seeds for Life: the case of Yam breeding in Vanuatu
Tuesday, 28 January 2020 09:15
Mr White Sailas with his yam harvest; Source: Vanuatu Daily Post

The Pacific region is highly vulnerable to climate change and is facing high incidences of non-communicable diseases. Crop diversity has a crucial rol....

Cook Islands sends taro to Samoa for improvement programme
Monday, 14 March 2016 12:38

Twenty-eight samples of taro from a breeding programme in Cook Islands have been taken to Samoa for testing against the Taro Leaf Blight disease.
Low technology, elevated cultivation model for vegetable farming showcased in Samoa
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 17:12
For centuries, low technology has been used extensively across the Pacific as a simple, traditional technology with very little capital input required....
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