Samoan breadfruit leading in tackling hunger world wide | Pacific Beat

Samoan breadfruit leading in tackling hunger world wide

Samoan breadfruit leading in tackling hunger world wide

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:41 AEST

The Director of the Hawaii-based Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Dr Diane Ragone, has just handed over royalty cheque to the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa.

The money is the result of two years of ma'afala breadfruit tree sales,coming out of what's described as a landmark benefit-sharing agreement first entered into six years ago.

Ma'afala trees have been distributed to 27 countries, including Haiti, Jamaica, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, and Myanmar since 2009.

And Dr Ragone says the means are now there to produce and distribute millions more for tree planting projects in the tropics, where hunger and lack of food sustainability are prevalent.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Dr Diane Ragone, Director, Breadfruit Institute, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hawaii

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