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.

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....
Samoa launches new taro export varieties
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:57
Apia, Samoa - Samoa has come a long way since the taro leaf blight disaster in 1993, achieving another milestone this week by launching three new taro....
Tonga and Papua New Guinea join global food security treaty
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:45
16 March 2015/Suva, Fiji – Tonga and Papua New Guinea have signed a key international treaty that promotes sustainable global food security.

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