MUSA -Microbial Uptakes for Sustainable management of major bananA pests and diseases is a 4-year, €4 million international project funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 initiative. Fungal diseases, nematodes and weevils affect global banana production and therefore food security, causing huge annual losses across banana-producing regions. In regions such as Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) … Continue reading MUSA
In March 2017 the BananEx team met with banana producer organizations from major exporting nations to the UK, in the port city of Santa Marta, Colombia. We discussed the issues faced by growers in the region, and visited banana plantations to share experiences and ideas. Fusarium wilt, certification costs, and low banana prices were highlighted as major issues by the producers.
The meeting was funded by a Global Challenges Research Fund Impact Accelerator Award, and was hosted by Anuar Escaf, Executive President of the Asociación de Bananeros del Magdalena y La Guajira (ASBAMA).
The port city of Santa Marta © David Bebber
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My colleagues and I were lucky enough to be awarded a grant under the UK's Global Food Security (GFS) programme, to study the resilience of the banana supply chain. We've called this project BananEx. Our interdisciplinary project began on 1st October and will run for three years and you can read about it on my … Continue reading BananEx is live