Englberger’s Family Continues to Support Island Food Community of Pohnpei


Konrad Englberger handed over keys of a vehicle to Island Food Community of Pohnpei (IFCP) on October 25, 2016. Englberger’s mother-in-law, Doris Noellsch, who is still strong at 97 years old, generously funded the vehicle, printing of posters and shipping of equipment to the outer islands.
Konrad is the husband of Dr. Lois Englberger, who founded the non-governmental organization, Island Food Community of Pohnpei (IFCP) in 2004 and passed away in September 2011.
Lois and her team documented the remarkable diversity in traditional food systems in the Federated States of Micronesia. They documented, for example, 133 breadfruit varieties, 55 bananas, 171 yams and 24 giant swamp taros. And furthermore, conducted scientific research to test the nutritional content of these local foods, which many considered ‘just starch’ in the past. One of her published papers, for example, shows that giant swamp taro is rich in fiber, iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin A carotenoids.
Dr. Englberger’s work laments the shift from a traditional diet of crops and fish to the consumption of unhealthy imported processed food, and with it growing health problems such as obesity and diabetes.
Island Food Community of Pohnpei (IFCP) continues to use Englberger’s research to promote local food for health using the slogan ‘Let’s Go Local’ and stresses the CHEEF benefits of local foods: Culture, Health, Environment, Economy and Food security. Island Food also discourages the less nutritious imported foods such as rice, sugary drinks and fatty meats.
Lois published many scientific papers on her findings on local food. For more information, see www.islandfood.org.