Sustainable Production Systems and Environmental Impact (WG01)

Working Group 01 (WG01) works with Sustainable Production Systems and Environmental Impact. The group contributes to a better understanding of the main issues related to banana production and the development of a road map to improve environmental sustainability in those production systems.

The objectives of the working group are to:

  • build consensus on a comprehensive definition of sustainable banana production;
  • identify the most important sustainability issues in banana production, especially those related to the efficient use of natural resources and optimization;
  • compile and exchange information and knowledge about sustainability and related issues in banana production systems;
  • discuss potential solutions and come up with a prioritized list of options and innovations to address sustainability issues in banana production;
  • initiate and facilitate actions to promote sustainability in banana production systems;
  • set up collaborative pilot projects to boost the impacts of the innovation and learn from the actions and lessons;
  • exchange relevant information with other working groups of the World Banana Forum (WBF) and externally; and
  • through continuous collaboration among the TR4 Task Force, contribute to containing the spread of Fusarium Tropical race 4 (TR4), particularly through information sharing, awareness raising and collaboration at the global level.

Specific WG01 actions:

1. Fusarium Tropical race 4 (TR4): The WBF and the TR4 Task Force are implementing the TR4 Global Network (TR4GN), a leading platform for exchange and collaboration that plays the role of a knowledge hub for awareness and prevention on the spread of the fungus. TR4GN supports the collection, development and dissemination of tools, information, capacity development materials and other resources that contribute to generating awareness and knowledge to contain TR4.

2. Agroecological Practices and Water Management Subgroup: The objective is to share technical knowledge and experiences on agroecological, organic and polyculture production methods, along with measures to adapt to climate change. The consensus in WG01 is that the chemically reliant conventional monoculture production of bananas is not sustainable, and that alternative agroecological methods of production need to be developed.

3. Carbon and Water Footprint Project: The WBF and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) implemented the first phase of the project that involved a methodological guide to measure carbon and water footprints with a value chain approach. Now, the WBF is implementing the second phase to develop and test an online automated tool for improving the climatic performance of the banana industry. Training and validation sessions in two Central American countries will take place.

4. Portal on sustainable agricultural practices: The WBF and IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative developed an online portal on sustainable agricultural practices to provide information and different experiences from around the world. As the WBF collects more good practices and success stories, the portal will continue to expand and share content.

If you are interested in joining this group, please contact us at: [email protected]. We will immediately forward your communication to the coordinators of this working group.