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Reducing natural hazard impacts on bananas: integrated practices, Haiti










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    On 27 September 2022, Category 3 Hurricane Ian hit the western region of Cuba with strong winds, significant storm surge and coastal flooding. Despite the measures taken by the Government of Cuba to harvest existing crops early and evacuate livestock, the hurricane caused significant damages and losses in the agriculture, livestock and fishing sectors – people’s main sources of livelihoods in affected municipalities. As a result, the food security of the population in the three most impacted provinces and the country’s capital is at risk. Thanks to Belgium’s contribution, through SFERA, FAO will implement activities to protect the livelihoods of poultry farmers. Rehabilitating poultry production facilities affected by the hurricane will enable producers to provide for their families and improve the food security and nutrition. The support provided by FAO and Belgium through this intervention is implemented in synergy with another project through which FAO, in partnership with the government, is rehabilitating vegetable production. This twofold response will contribute to protecting and restoring the food production and livelihoods of affected smallholders and those members of cooperatives, as well as improving the nutrition and diet diversity of the wider community.
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    Methodological guide to reduce carbon and water footprints in banana plantations 2018
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    The World Banana Forum (WBF) publication developed a methodological guide to reduce water and carbon footprints in banana plantations worldwide. Members of the Working Group (WG) on Sustainable Production Systems and Environmental Impact acknowledged the contribution of banana production in the total global GHG emissions and the consumption of freshwater in the economic activity, both stressed in the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), having the agricultural sector a high mitigation potential. Therefore, the WG wishes to contribute to the global fight against climate change and promote the sustainable use of natural resources, developing practical tools to strengthen the efforts of the global banana industry to reduce its carbon and water footprint (CWF). Since banana farmers are struggling to adapt to climate change, the project aims to mainstream and support the adoption of best climate-smart practices and efficient water management in the banana value chain as part of the environmental strategy of organizations. Efforts to promote CWF reduction programs in the banana industry are still incipient and carried out mostly by multinationals, due in part to the implementation costs, the complexity of the topic for farmers, the lack of user-friendly tools to measure them efficiently, and that is still a B2B-driven strategy not yet recognized by consumers. Even though the need for supporting carbon and water footprint analysis (CWF) in the banana industry remains strong, there is still an apparent lack of sufficient financial incentives by both the governments and the global market.
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    Better Farming Series, no. 18 (1977)
    1977
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    This manual is a translation and adaptation of "Le bananier" published the Agri-Service-Afrique of the lnstitut africain pour le developpement economique et social (INADES). This course teaches the farmer about why and where bananas are grown, how to grow, harvest and use bananas, and looking after a banana plantation.

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