August 27, 2016 10:30 AM

Polynesian Cultural Center

Panel: The Global Reach of Ulu and Conservation: National Tropical Botanical Garden Breadfruit Institute

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Moderator/Presenter: Dr. Diane Ragone, National Tropical Botanical Garden Breadfruit Institute Director and adjunct professor of the University of Hawaii, College of Tropical Agriculture. Over 30 years has collected, established, and managedthe world's largest and most diverse breadfruit conservation collection with 150 varieties. In 2009, launched a Global Hunger Initiative to distribute elite varieties to support hunger alleviation, regenerative agriculture, reforestation, agroforestry, and income generation for small-holder farmers in the tropics.

Josh Schneider, founding partner of Cultivaris LLC, NA & Global Breadfruit LLC, which have developed commercial methods to propagate disease-free breadfruit plants that can be shipped globally in compliance with international quarantine regulations. In collaboration with the Breadfruit Institute has propagated and delivered more than 90,000 breadfruit trees to 41 countries. Dr Ragone and Mr Schneider have implemented a unique benefit-sharing arrangement to return tangible, financial benefits to countries of origin of varieties that are sold by Global Breadfruit.

Dr. Diane Ragone

National Tropical Botanical Garden Breadfruit Institute
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