Trade and markets
 

Bananas

Source: FAO

Banana - world imports and exports

In 2015, global banana exports, excluding plantains, registered the first decline since 2010 after having reached an unprecedented peak of 18.6 million tonnes in 20141. While import demand remained strong in all regions, the adverse effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon as well as the spread of the Fusarium Wilt disease negatively affected yields and resulted in production shortages in several of the major producing and exporting regions.

Banana Market Review 2015-2016
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 | 2013-2014 | 2012-2013

Banana Statistical compendium 2015 - 2016
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.