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Peru’s Chira Valley Small Banana Producers Compete in International Organic Markets







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    Organic banana production in Peru 2017
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    Almost all of Peru’s exported bananas are organic, accounting for around 3% of global organic banana production. In 2014 production occupied around 5 500 ha, close to 4% of the total banana producing area. This was concentrated in the northern regions of Piura, Tumbes and Lambayeque, and produced mostly by smallholders with farms of less than 3 hectares. Since the country started the conversion from conventional to organic in the late 1990s, more than 80% has become concentrated in the Chira Valley in Piura.
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    Diagnosis on the labour rights situation in the international banana industry. Paper on Occupational Health and Safety.
    Presentation to the 2nd World Banana Forum. Working Group 03 Labour Rights.
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    Towards self-sustaining and market-oriented producer organizations 2012
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    The middle class in many developing countries and regions is expected to continue its rapid growth, driven by improved economic policy and governance. Coupled with more business-friendly policies, population growth and rapid urbanization (McKinsey Global Institute, 2011), this sustained increase in consumer demand and spending means that today’s markets offer better opportunities for farmers, including small farmers. However, smallholders struggle to keep up with new market demands for larger vo lumes, consistency of supply and higher quality, finding themselves at a disadvantage because of their high transaction costs and low bargaining power. FAO has been working with a range of POs at the federation and district levels across the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)3 regions, to develop institutional mechanisms that improve smallholders’ equitable participation in value chains. Key outcomes of this work have been the identification of critical success factors for strengthening sm allholder organizational models and policy recommendations that promote self-sustaining and market-oriented producer organizations.

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