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.

Sweet pineapples from Hawaii for improving Pacific health
Friday, 08 May 2015 10:14
The Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) based in Suva, Fiji, recently received six varieti....
 
Partners meet in Papua New Guinea to secure the Pacific coconut genebank threatened by Bogia Coconut
Monday, 04 May 2015 15:17
More than 27 participants from international and regional institutes and four Pacific countries participated in two workshops, from 24 to 29 April 201....
 
Training for Pacific states on climate change impact tools
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 09:16
Suva, Fiji - The impacts of climate change are having profound effects upon Pacific Island communities, many of which rely on agriculture for food sec....
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New potato and sweet potato varieties from Latin America to improve Pacific food security
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 08:57
Suva, Fiji – Almost 70 new varieties of potato and sweet potato will soon be available to Pacific Island countries and territories, to improve food se....
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