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

This website returns the information collected during four scientific visits conducted in 2001, 2010, 2012 and 2017 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, Coconut Industry Development for the Pacific (CIDP project) and the Darwin Initiative "Saving Pacific Coconuts".

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

Public lectures and communication
The new CIDP expertise on Coconut planting material in the Pacific region
Farmers and coconut associations in Samoa
About the first Coconut varietal contest organized in Samoa (1984)

List of coconut varieties recorded in Samoa in 2001
First visit in 2001: picturing Samoan coconut varieties

Ideas for replanting the Olomanu Seed garden
Copra making near Olomanu seed garden in 2001

In Nuu Research Station, Samoa
Collecting the Niu Afa variety in gardens and farmer's fields
Collecting the Niu Afa coconut in Olomanu seed garden
The Niu afa coconut variety
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
Early Samoa, Niu afa and the naming of Niue Island
Old books to be further studied

Smallest Islands of Samoa
Landscapes of Upolu Island (South part)
Landscape of Upolu Island (North part)
Coconut palms varieties in Apia (in preparation)
Landscape of Savai (2001)
A survey of Apolima Island

Collecting coconut varieties for conservation
when Olomanu was the Samoan national coconut genebank

Technical information

For replanting material, please visit our website "Planting material for the Pacific region"

How to prepare leaflet samples for molecular analysis of coconut varieties.