Trade and markets


Global exports of bananas, excluding plantain, reached a record high of 19.2 million tonnes in 2018, on the back of ample growth in supplies. Reported figures for the full year indicate an increase in global shipments of 5.7 percent compared to 2017. Strong supply growth in the two leading exporters, Ecuador and the Philippines, was mainly accountable for this rise. Meanwhile, adverse weather conditions continued to affect shipments from several other key suppliers, most notably Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

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 Market Review 2018

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:  2018 Preliminary | 2017 |  2017 Preliminary | 2015-2016 | 2013-2014 | 2012-2013

Banana Statistical compendium 2018

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.

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 will be published in July 2019 in the forthcoming edition of the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2019-2028.

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.