Breadfruit & Seeds
The Pacific Breadfruit and Seeds Program was the first focus area to be chosen by the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network. The program aims to develop breadfruit, an important indigenous food source, as an orchard crop across the Pacific region, while the seeds component encourages members to grow local, nutrient-rich, open pollinated plant varieties and relearn the practice of saving their own seeds for future planting.
The breadfruit component of the program took at least three years and various studies and technical collaborations to establish. It builds upon the successful work done in Fiji under the earlier Pacific Breadfruit program initiative, while up scaling the research and results to the regional level.
The seeds component of the program follows the 2014 Scoping Study on Seeds that was undertaken by the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network. This report provided the background to address seed supply access issues amongst the Network’s members. Members are encouraged to select seeds from the best performing plants on their farms to improve future yields and the nutritional value of crops.
We believe that it is important to not only talk about climate change, but to start taking active measures to address it if Pacific farms and Pacific communities are going to remain viable. The Pacific Breadfruit and Seeds Program is one of our members’ responses to mitigate against climate change.