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.

Cyclone-affected islands in Tonga receive assistance
Friday, 14 March 2014 12:21

Climate-resilient crops established by Tonga’s Ministry of Agriculture were recently shipped to islands in Ha’apai affected by tropical Cyclone Ian in....

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New taro varieties benefit Pacific countries
Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:41
The taro leaf blight (TLB) outbreak caused by oomycete that devastated Samoa's taro in 1993 was a wake-up call for Samoa and the region to realise the....
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Disease-resistant banana varieties for food security in the Pacific region
Monday, 16 December 2013 12:13

New technology for the commercial production of banana and variants using tissue culture and field methods were some key lessons learnt at the trainin....

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Countries encouraged to ratify two international instruments at SPC meeting
Friday, 13 December 2013 11:29

Countries were encouraged to ratify two international instruments at the regional meeting organised by SPC on the International Treaty on Plant Geneti....

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