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Breadfruit transplanted to Ghana

Samoan Observer – October 17, 2011

Samoan breadfruit in Ghana

PR – The Ghana Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition (HAG) has announced that one thousand 300mm tall Samoan variety breadfruit trees arrived in Accra, Thursday evening from a mass propagation facility outside Frankfurt, Germany.

They are of the Ma`afala and Ulu Fiti […]

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Barrels of Hope: Rebuilding Haiti

Photo courtesy of Barrels of Hope.

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