Banana production is threatened by diseases like Fusarium Wilt TR4, and will be increasingly impacted by global climate change. But, to really understand what is happening to global production we need an accurate map of where bananas grow. Lack of such fundamental information results in all research – be it on climate risks or the … Continue reading Toward a global banana map
Climate change could negatively impact banana cultivation in some of the world’s most important producing and exporting countries, our paper in Nature Climate Change shows. But, producers in Africa will continue to benefit until at least 2050. While many studies have looked at the impact of climate change on agricultural production, the effect rising temperatures … Continue reading Climate change impacts on bananas
Over the past year, my colleagues and I have met with banana producers, importers, retailers, and researchers around the world. A picture is emerging of an industry facing multiple pressures, with important choices to be made to ensure environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
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MUSA -Microbial Uptakes for Sustainable management of major bananA pests and diseases is a 4-year, €4 million international project funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 initiative.
Fungal diseases, nematodes and weevils affect global banana production and therefore food security, causing huge annual losses across banana-producing regions. In regions such as Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) millions of farmers rely on cooking banana, plantain and ensete as starch staple food crops and for income. Pesticides no longer represent a sustainable option for control, and many have been progressively withdrawn from use in the EU or are highly restricted, due to harmful effects on the environment and toxic residues. In SSA, where phytosanitary policies and regulations are often less effective, such pesticides are still being (mis)used, posing a significant threat to vulnerable farmers and consumers. In the absence of long term strategies or suitable control methods, and under the influence of changing…
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In March 2017 the BananEx team met with banana producer organizations from major exporting nations to the UK, in the port city of Santa Marta, Colombia. We discussed the issues faced by growers in the region, and visited banana plantations to share experiences and ideas. Fusarium wilt, certification costs, and low banana prices were highlighted … Continue reading Meeting the producers