Trade and markets


Global exports of bananas, excluding plantain, are expected to reach a new record high of 20.2 million tonnes in 2019, an estimated increase of 5 percent compared to 2018. Data from the first nine months of the year indicate that strong supply growth in Ecuador and the Philippines, the two leading exporters, is again chiefly accountable for this rise. Fast expansion in exports has also been recorded for Panama, which benefited from ample growth in supplies following the activation of a major banana production  zone in the Baru district.

Banana Market Review Snapshot February 2020. This snapshot describes the 2019 market situation and highlights the medium-term projections for world banana markets for the period 2020-2029. Production, consumption and trade developments for bananas are discussed. The snapshot includes an introductory discussion of the key characteristics, opportunities, as well as important risks and uncertainties that may shape world banana markets during the outlook period.

Banana Market Review: Preliminary Results 2019The 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 Responsible Global Value Chain, 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:  2018 2018 Preliminary | 2017 |  2017 Preliminary | 2015-2016 | 2013-2014 | 2012-2013

Medium-term Outlook: Prospects for global production and trade in bananas and tropical fruits 2019 to 2028. Bananas and, particularly, tropical fruits constitute a significant source of economic growth, income, food security and nutrition for the rural areas of many developing countries. The projections for bananas and tropical fruits presented in this medium-term outlook span a ten year horizon, from 2019 to 2028.

Banana Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4: A mounting threat to global banana markets? The recent spread and potential future impact of the disease on global banana trade. This Commodity Focus is excerpted from the FAO Food Outlook, November 2019 edition.

Banana Statistical compendium 2018The 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.

Previous editions: 2017

Bananas and major tropical fruits in Latin America and the Caribbean – The significance of the region to world supply. This article represents an introductory background note to the medium-term outlook for bananas and major tropical fruits in Latin America and the Caribbean, which has been published in the FAO Food Outlook, May 2019 edition.

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.