By R. Bourdeix, V. Saena Tuia and Alofa Leuluaialii

This website returns the information collected during two scientific visits conducted in 2001 and 2010, on behalf the Ministry of Agriculture of Samoa, the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network, the Secretatiat of the South Pacific Community, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Bioversity International and the French Centre for Agricultural Research and Development. The objective of the second visit was to secure the conservation of the famous Niu Afa cultivar, the longest coconut in the world.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

General overview

Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa, is a sovereign state in Polynesia, encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The entire island group, inclusive of American Samoa, was known as the Navigators Islands before the 20th century because of the Samoans’ seafaring skills.

Coconut is the most predominant crop grown in Samoa. Its traditional value and multipurpose uses make it one of the most important crops in the everyday lives of Samoans as an important source of food and cash.

Landscaping two small Islands of Samoa using the Polymotu concept
Proposal for coconut conservation in the small islands of Samoa

The Old Olomanu seed garden and Genebank
Ideas for replanting the Olomanu Seed garden

Public lectures and communication

In Nuu Research Station, Samoa
Collecting the Niu Afa coconut in Olomanu seed garden
Collecting the Niu Afa variety in gardens and farmer's fields

Earliest references on the niu kafa or niu afa variety.
Old lists of coconut varieties in Samoa by Christophersen (1935and Parham, 1972.
The Westec plantation and large previous replanting projects

Smallest Islands of Samoa
A trip to Manono Island
The Niu afa coconut variety
Landscapes of Upolu Island (South part)
Landscape of Upolu Island (North part)
Coconut palms in Apia
Copra making near Olomanu seed garden
Landscape of Savai (2001)

Old books to further studied