FAO urges countries to step up action

Following its spread Fusarium wilt TR4 increases the risks to livelihoods and banana markets

WBF Working Groups

Working together for sustainable banana production and trade

Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4)

TR4 is a growing concern for the industry as it infects and destroys Cavendish banana plants

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The World Banana Forum

Working together for Sustainable Banana Production and Trade

The World Banana Forum is a permanent space of assembly for participants representing the global banana supply-chain to promote open dialogue on challenges facing the banana industry.

The mission of the World Banana Forum is to:

 inspire collaboration between stakeholders that produces pragmatic outcomes for the betterment of the banana industry; and

 achieve an industry-wide consensus of best practices regarding workplace issues, gender equity, environmental impact, sustainable production and economic issues.

This groundbreaking initiative brings together producers, their organizations, trade unions, cooperatives, exporter groups, fresh produce companies, retailers, traders, public agencies, governments, research institutions and civil society organizations.

Sustainability in the Banana Value-chain

                   
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS:

- Fighting against Panama Disease, Fusarium- TR4; See more...
- Focusing on the Carbon and Water Footprint study in the banana sector;
- Developing a Best Practices Portal (BPP) for a more sustainable production and trade of bananas; 
- list and discuss potential solutions, and come up with a priority list of most promising options to tackle sustainability issues in banana production. See more...

DISTRIBUTION OF VALUE:

- working towards a fair distribution of value along the whole banana chain.
- mapping the distribution of value in key supply chains (a representative selection of origins and markets);
- evaluate prices and costs along the chain;
- agree a practical methodology for approximating "living" or "decent" wages at plantation/farm level. See more...

LABOUR RIGHTS:

- Banana Occupational Health and Safety Initiative, BOHESI; See more...
- Empowering banana women workers in the plantations;
- Prioritise freedom of association and collective bargaining;
- Pay special attention to Gender equality and discrimination issues. See more...