Trade and markets

Tropical fruits

Global production of tropical fruits has been growing steadily over the past decade, predominantly in response to growing demand in the major producing areas. An estimated 99 percent of tropical fruit production originates in developing countries, mostly cultivated by smallholder farmers who typically are endowed with, or have access to, less than 5 ha of land. While tropical fruits play a comparatively small role in global agricultural trade in volume terms, accounting for a mere 3 percent of world agricultural food products exports, their high average export unit value of well above USD1,000 per tonne places them as the third most valuable fruit group globally, behind bananas and apples. Trade in tropical fruits generates substantial income to smallholder producers, as well as significant export earnings for many of the producing countries, thereby contributing to their food security.

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.

Major Tropical Fruits Market Review 2017. This document provides an assessment of the current market situation for the following major tropical fruits: Avocado, Mango, Papaya and Pineapple. Statistical tables related to production, imports, exports and prices are provided in the Major Tropical Fruits Statistical Compendium 2017.

Major Tropical Fruits Statistical Compendium 2017. The Major Tropical Fruits Statistical compendium, issued once a year, contains information on global trade in mangoes, pineapples, avocados and papayas. 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 tropical fruit economy.

Developments in bananas and major tropical fruits: On the back of expanding supplies, global export volumes of bananas and tropical fruits rose by 18 percent on average during the first six months of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. World shipments of bananas, pineapples and avocados each posted a double-digit growth rate from last year, while mango exports expanded by 7 percent. This article, published in Food Outlook, November 2018, represents a follow-up to the analysis on recent market developments in bananas and major tropical fruits, featured in the June and November 2017 editions of Food Outlook, respectively.

Global prospects for minor tropical fruits: Contrary to their major counterparts, only a small share of minor tropical fruit production enters domestic and international markets, and, with few exceptions, the different varieties continue to be little known outside the areas where they are grown. However, production and trade of minor tropical fruits are gaining importance globally, mainly in recognition of their contribution to a healthy diet. (Special Feature of Food Outlook, July 2018).

Global prospects for major tropical fruitsShort-term outlook, challenges and opportunities in a vibrant global marketplace. Tropical fruits constitute a comparatively new group in global commodity trade, having emerged on the international marketplace in significance only from 1970 onwards, thanks to advances in transportation, trade agreements and shifting consumer preferences in favour of these fruits (Special Feature of Food Outlook, November 2017). 

Medium-term prospects for raw materials, horticulture and tropical products
This publication puts the focus on a set of selected Raw materials, Horticulture and Tropical (RAMHOT) Products, namely sugar, tea, banana, tropical fruits, citrus products, Jute, and hard fibres. A medium-term outlook is generated for each of these products, and an analysis is undertaken to assess underlying market drivers and the factors likely to shape market performance over the next 10 years.

Smallholder participation in the tropical superfruits value chain: ensuring equitable share of the success to enhance their livelihood
The production and trade of tropical fruits generate income, improving the livelihoods and food security of producers, who are almost exclusively smallholders in developing countries.

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