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Sustainable Production Systems and Environmental Impact (WG01)

The Working Group 01 deals with Sustainable Production Systems and Environmental Impact. This group seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the main issues related to sustainable banana production and to develop a road map towards improving sustainability in banana production. 

The specific objectives of the working group are to:

  • agree on a comprehensive definition of sustainable banana production
  • identify the most important sustainability issues in banana production
  • compile and exchange information and knowledge about sustainability and related issues in banana production systems
  • list and discuss potential solutions, and come up with a priority list of most promising options to tackle sustainability issues in banana production
  • initiate and facilitate actions taken towards achieving identified options for solutions to sustainability issues in banana production systems
  • set up pilot projects around at least one of these identified options
  • exchange relevant information with other WGs of the WBF and externally
  • cope with the spread of Fusarium wilt TR4, also known as Panama disease, through the WBF ad-hoc Task Force on TR4

WG01 has already started a process to gather the views and opinions of the banana sector’s stakeholders on sustainable production systems and environmental impact. A first meeting, open to everyone, was held during the days 28 and 29 of July 2010 in Antwerp (Belgium). 

A second meeting of the WG01 took place in Rome in November 2010. In this meeting, the WG01 participants decided to create two sub-committees within this Group:

1. The first sub-committee specifically focuses on agro-chemical use, and in particular on their environmental impact.

2. The second sub-committee concentrates on the development of a virtual library presenting best practices related to sustainable banana production. This virtual library, an internet-based tool, will be aimed at improving access to and exchange of best sustainable practices among all interested stakeholders, at a worldwide level.

Every stakeholder of the banana industry can speak in our Forum!

If you are interested to join this group, please send us a motivated email to: wbf@fao.org and we will immediately forward your communication to the coordinators of this WG.