TZH 09 - A race to save the banana

In this week’s episode, we’re doing something a little different. We sent one of our FAO officers into the field and asked him to document his week-long mission to help stem the spread of a crippling fungus troubling the world’s most-traded fruit. We follow FAO plant disease specialist Fazil Dusunceli to Mozambique and South Africa where he meets with banana farmers, disease experts and concerned government workers – who all share one interest: containing the disease. But what does that mean? And what’s at stake for the 36-billion-dollar industry? Not just for the banana companies, but for the local communities who find work on the plantations, and for producers elsewhere on the continent?

Click here for a transcript of this week's episode.

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