FAO Conference - Capacity Building and Awareness Raising in Response to the Threat of Fusarium Wilt of Banana Tropical Race 4

, 27/07/2021 - 29/07/2021


The FAO conference will provide an update on the current situation of fusarium wilt of musaceae, tropical race 4. The event will cover several topics such the estimation of TR4 impact, biosecurity measures, surveillance, management and impact estimation methodologies. The event also aims to provide an overview on the recent mobile applications and remote sensing technologies, promising germplasm clones and procedures for the safe introduction of plant materials of musaceae.



July 27, 28 and 29, 2021; the sessions will be 3:30 hours from 8:00 – 11:30 am CST (GMT-6)

*Simultaneous interpretation of Spanish-English will be available during all sessions.

Link to Register:https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zm3bs5mGS9uUAu12E9w8Wg



8:00 – 11:00 CST (GMT-6)

DAY 1 – Tuesday, July 27 – "Current context, impact and risk communication"

08:00 – 08:15

Welcome and explanation of the FAO Conference
Raixa Llauger, FAO SLM
Victor Prada, WBF
Sarah Brunel, IPPC

08:15 – 10:25

Current context and impact of wilt by Fusarium of musaceae, Tropical Race 4.

08:15 – 08:45

Fusarium wilt of musaceae, Tropical Race 4. Latin American  and Caribbean context,challenges and opportunities.
Dr. Miguel A. Dita (Alliance Bioversity International / CIAT)

08:45 – 09:05

Prospective study of the potential economic impact of Fusarium wilt of Musacease Tropical Race 4 in Mexico
M.Sc. José Feliciano Galván Tovar
M.Sc. Natividad Moreno Honorato (SENASICA)

09:05 – 09:25

Colombia's Multi-Threat Damage and Loss Assessment System
Mariela Segura (FAOCO)

09:25 – 09:40


The TR4 Global Network as a neutral platform for information exchange and collaboration on TR4
Víctor Prada (WBF)

09:40 – 09:55

The joint proposal of FAO, CAN, International Bioversity Alliance/IATTC and IICA for the Andean countries
Raixa Llauger (FAO)

09:55 – 10:20

Joint analysis. Questions and comments on the covered topics

10:20 – 10:25 


10:25 – 11:25

Risk reduction and communicatin

10:25 – 10:40

General aspects of risk reduction and management at FAO – methodologies applicable to phytosanitary threats.
Xabier Garay (FAO SLM)

10:40 – 10:55

Risk communication – Key elements considered by the IPPC
Sarah Brunel
Camilo Beltrán (IPPC)

10:55 – 11:10

Communication during a phytosanitary emergency
Ingrid Sanabria (FAO SLM)

11:10 – 11:25

Questions and comments on the theme

11:25 – 11:30

Closing of the first session of the day

DAY 2 – Wednesday, July 28 – "Biosecurity and mobile apps that support surveillance"


08:00 – 08:10

Introduction to the second session of the conference

08:10 – 10:20

Alternatives on biosafety in production areas

08:10 – 08:50

The biosecurity provisions of the NPPO. Examples from Colombia and Costa Rica
Dr. Jorge Palacino, (ICA)
Eng. Fernando Araya (SFE)

08:50 – 09:10

Biosecurity alternatives for small producers and uncertified production areas
M.Sc. Mauricio Guzmán (CORBANA)

09:10 – 09:30

Biosecurity supported by the private sector and certification schemes
Eng. Antonio J. González (SAB SAS)
Eng. Jorge Alex Murray (BANASAN)

09:30 – 09:50

PRA – Identification of risk zones to support biosecurity, surveillance and containment measures
M.Sc. Nancy Villegas (OIRSA)

09:50 – 10:10

Mapping technologies that complement territorial PRA
Dr. Varma Varun (University of Exeter; Rothamsted Research)

10:10 – 10:25

Collective analysis of existing alternatives.

10:25 – 10:30



Mobile apps that support pest monitoring

10:30 – 10:50

BANASOFT – an application for surveillance and monitoring of outbreaks
Eng. Jimmy Santiago (SAB SAS)

10:50 – 11:10

Tumaini: mobile application based on artificial intelligence for the specific diagnosis of banana pests and the appropriate control measures
Dr. Michael Gomez Selvaraj (Alliance Bioversity International/CIAT)

11:10 – 11:25

Questions, comments collective analysis on the topic and the session of the day.

11:25 – 11:30

Closing of the second session of the FAO Conference


DAY 3 – Thursday, July 29 – "Management alternatives: agricultural practices, promising clones and procedures for their introduction"

08:00 – 08:10

Introduction to the third session of the conference

08:10 – 08:30

Introductory reflections on the alternatives and challenges related to the management of  Fusarium wilt of musaceae, tropical race 4.
Dr. Luis E. Pocasangre (University EARTH)

08:30 – 08:50

Biological control and soil health management. Advances in scientific research in Colombia.
Dr. Gustavo A. Rodríguez (AGROSAVIA)

08:50 – 09:05

Resultados prácticos del uso de bioinsumos microbianos en áreas de la Guajira.
Eng. Antonio J. González (SAB SAS)

09:05 – 09:25

Resistant clones obtained by biotechnological methods.
Dr. James Dale (QUT)

09:25 – 09:45

Traditional genetic improvement (breeding) of Musaceae  in  the  FHIA
Dr. Adolfo Martínez (Director General FHIA)

09:45 – 10:00

Genetic improvement of Musaceae in CIRAD
Dr. Jean-Pierre Horry (CIRAD)

10:00 – 10:15

Formosan somaclón behaviour in Southeast Asia
Eng. Danilo Román (Independent Consultant)

10:15 – 10:25

Collective analysis on the subject. Questions and comments.

10:25 – 10:30


10:30 – 10:50

Key elements for the introduction of promising plant materials of musaceae
Dra. Mónica Betancourt (AGROSAVIA)

10:50 – 11:05

Platform of official diagnostic for introduction of Musa vegetal materials in Colombia
Dr. Manuel Alfredo Rodelo Urrego (ICA)

11:05 – 11:20

The reference procedure proposed by the OIRSA for the introduction of musaceae plant materials into its member countries.
M.Sc. Xavier Euceda (OIRSA)

11:20 – 11:30

Collective analysis of the threats to be faced and the possibility of establishing approved protocols for the introduction of musaceae plant materials into countries of the region.

11:20 – 11:45

Final reflections and conclusions of the Conference

11:30 – 11:40

Final Thoughts
Speakers and participants

11:40 – 11:45

Closing of the FAO Conference
Raixa Llauger (FAO SLM)