Food Price Shocks and the Coronavirus Crisis

Why haven't we seen a spike in food prices during the coronavirus crisis? Global food prices are determined by supply, demand, and to a large extent, the perception that supply or demand might change in the near future. The most dramatic food price shock in recent years occurred in 2007 - 2008, when the UN … Continue reading Food Price Shocks and the Coronavirus Crisis

PhD at the Eden Project – deadline 28th May

Project Description This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP). For further details about the programme please see The Studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit and will commence in September 2018. For eligible students the … Continue reading PhD at the Eden Project – deadline 28th May

Bananas at a crossroads


Over the past year, my colleagues and I have met with banana producers, importers, retailers, and researchers around the world. A picture is emerging of an industry facing multiple pressures, with important choices to be made to ensure environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

By Dan Bebber

Bananas, the UK’s favourite fruit, appear at first glance to be among our most reliable and resilient fresh produce – they are stocked in every supermarket on every day of the year and their price seldom varies by more than a few pence per kilo. But beneath this apparently smooth and steady supply lies a complex international supply network affected by extreme weather, plant disease, social and political shifts, and the looming threat of climate change. The reliability of banana availability to UK consumers, despite these diverse threats and the fact that only one variety of banana is internationally traded, makes the banana supply…

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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