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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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    Preventing the spread and introduction of banana fusarium wilt disease Tropical race 4 (TR4)
    Guide for travelers
    2020
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    Banana is an important crop for food security and ensuring the livelihoods of approximately 400 million people who depend on the crop either as a staple food or source of income, particularly in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Plant pests and diseases can seriously affect agricultural production and livelihood of rural people. Fusarium wilt of banana is one of the key examples of crop devastation by a plant disease. This disease brought the banana export industry almost to a halt in the 20th century when the popular banana variety Gros Michel was devastated in Central America. The sector was saved by the introduction of the Cavendish variety, which is resistant to race 1 of the fungus. However, Cavendish bananas are now succumbing to a new, highly aggressive strain of the Fusarium wilt fungus, Tropical race 4 (TR4). Fusarium wilt TR4 threatens almost all banana producers, posing the greatest risks to countries producing Cavendish bananas in monoculture plantations in Asia, Australia, Africa, the Near East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Cavendish bananas, which constitute approximately half of the bananas grown globally are highly susceptible to TR4, but other dessert banana varieties grown in these regions are also susceptible. Once established in a banana plantation, the fungus can survive in the soil for decades with its chlamydospores, even without banana plants. Scientific reports indicate the presence of TR4 in numerous countries in Asia (China – mainland and Taiwan Province), India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Malaysia, Myanmar,
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    Certification in the Value Chain for Fresh Fruits
    The Example of banana Industry
    2008
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    Certification to voluntary standards is increasingly used by banana producers and exporters worldwide. This report deals with voluntary certification schemes, with a particular focus on those that use an on product label targeting consumers and have the potential to generate a price premium. The report describes the main patterns of international trade in certified bananas. It examines the market situation and prospects of certified organic and fair trade bananas. It reviews the va rious types of benefits and challenges associated with organic and fair trade bananas from the perspective of producing countries. Export prices for certified bananas are analysed and compared to those of conventional fruit for a selection of producing countries. The report analyzes the distribution of prices along selected value chains and seeks to determine whether producing countries reap the full benefits of certified banana exports. It examines the policy implications and su ggests areas for further research and action.

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