The Global Breadfruit Heritage Council (GBHC) protects and respects the cultural, ancestral, social, spiritual, agricultural, proprietary, and other inherent rights and responsibilities of indigenous peoples to breadfruit. From this traditional perspective, GBHC redirects the course of modern food production to regenerate land, people's health, biodiversity, and culture—all in balance with economic outcomes.
Council members are traditional leaders, farmers, community organizers, entrepreneurs, students, agricultural professionals, policymakers, and scientists from around the Pacific Islands and the world. We welcome the participation of all who honor the breadfruit tree as family. GBHC was founded by a diverse team working on breadfruit for years under the leadership of Papalii Dr. Failautusi 'Tusi' Avegalio, a traditional leader of Pacific Islands.
GBHC was first announced at the Pacific Risk Management 'Ohana Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment Hui (PRiMO IKE Hui) in Honolulu on March 14, 2016. In July 2016, the tenets and goals of GBHC were presented at the Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership at the National Atmospheric Research Center in Boulder, Colorado, and at Rising Voices 4—Collaborative Science for Climate Solutions on Hawaii Island. Most recently, the Global Breadfruit Heritage Council was endorsed by participants of the 2016 Hawai'i Pacific Global Breadfruit Summit in Laie, Hawaii.