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CIP sweetpotato collection supports Cyclone-hit Fiji as part of Global Genebank Network

December 12, 2016 By Robert Kozak

Tropical cyclone Winston ripped through the south Pacific in February this year, leaving a wide trail of destruction. The genebank at the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees, or CePaCT in Fiji, run by Pacific Community’s (SPC) Land Resources Division, helps preserve diversity in such staple crops as sweetpotato, taro, yam, and banana. The cyclone however meant they weren’t in any position to quickly multiply up their sweetpotato stocks. The head of CIP’s genebank, Dr. David Ellis, got in contact with Valerie Saena Tuia, Coordinator of the Genetic Resources facility (CePaCT) at SPC, in Fiji. Would they need some help with getting hard-hit farmers back on their feet?

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