Asia, the world's largest grower of tropical fruits produced 69 percent of global output in 1996. But its share of global fresh fruit exports was just 26 percent. Latin America and the Caribbean produced 20 percent of the total, but took a 38 percent share of fresh exports.

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Malaysia: buying and selling in the local fruit and vegetable market
FAO photo by T. Janssen

More photos in this series:
  • Panama: a farmer checks the papaya fruit
  • Ghana: avocados and other fruits being sold on the roadside
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