The islands and people of American Samoa are unique. Although the land area is small and geographically isolated, American Samoans are blessed with precious coral reefs and rainforest ecosystems, and a strong, vibrant Samoan culture closely tied to these indigenous ecosystems that must be preserved and cherished for future generations. At the same time, local agricultural production, fisheries, and other sources of economic resiliency and food security must be nurtured. In addition to these environmental and economic imperatives, American Samoans face health-related challenges from communicable diseases such as dengue and filariasis as well as noncommunicable illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. ACNR researchers work with ACNR Extension, local and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and community members to help find appropriate and effective local responses to these diverse challenges.
ACNR currently conducts research in Community Health, Entomology, and Horticulture.