Trade and markets


Source: FAO

Banana - world exports

Following two consecutive years of sustained growth, global exports of banana, excluding plantain, are expected to reach 18.1 million tonnes in 2017. This would mark a healthy recovery from the weather-induced drop in exports experienced in 2015, when volumes fell to 16.7 million tonnes. Amidst strong demand in the major markets, export volumes benefitted from supply growth in some of the main exporting regions, most notably Latin America and the Caribbean. However, a series of tropical storms in the Caribbean in September 2017 caused severe disruptions to supplies and transport in the fourth quarter of the year, resulting in significant crop losses and lower shipments in a number of Caribbean countries.

Banana Market Review 2017

The Banana Market Review is issued on an annual basis to Members and Observers of the Sub-Group on Bananas of the Intergovernmental Group on Bananas and Tropical Fruits and offers an overview of recent developments in banana trade. It is prepared by the Team on International Investment and Tropical Fruits, Trade and Markets Division, FAO, which delivers research and analyses on agricultural investments in developing countries, and economic data and analyses on tropical fruits. 

Previous editions 2015-2016 | 2013-2014 | 2012-2013

Banana Statistical compendium 2017
The Banana Statistical compendium, issued once a year, contains information on global banana trade. Its sources include information provided by FAO member nations, traders, news bulletins and the opinions of commodity specialists and represents the most authoritative and up-to-date source of information on the world banana economy.

Ecuador’s Banana Sector under Climate Change: An economic and biophysical assessment to promote a sustainable and climate-compatible strategy
This study is an integrated assessment of climate impacts on the banana value chain in support of the Ecuador initiatives towards sustainable and climate-adapted strategies. Evidence was generated on: (i) banana suitability under climate change in Ecuador and other banana producing countries; (ii) climate impacts on yields and potential diseases incidence for bananas in Ecuador; (iii) carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions from production to consumption, including transportation and waste disposal.

The changing role of multinational companies in the global banana trade
On 10 March 2014, Chiquita, the largest banana trading company in the world, and Fyffes, one of the main suppliers to the European market, announced a merger, making the new company ChiquitaFyffes, an undisputed leader in the banana market.