Bananas need better figures
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CTA. 1999. Bananas need better figures. Spore 81. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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International conference held in November 1998 in Douala, Cameroon
The need to improve the position of the banana and plantain industry in ACP economies was the focus of an international conference held in November 1998 in Douala, Cameroon. The host country is a fine example of how central these crops are to the economies of some countries, where large areas of the national territory are devoted to plantain cultivation and where almost 90% of the output is consumed locally. The conference underscored how the range of banana by-products (see Spore 74) continues to grow as researchers find new uses, ranging from shampoo to paper. It also stressed that the key role of banana and plantain in food security in many countries merited wider recognition. More than 150 researchers from the ACP countries, Latin America, and Asia attended the conference, making it a vibrant forum of ideas and experiences on improving cultivation, processing, and marketing. Indeed, the benefits of these exchanges-between countries from Thailand to Trinidad-were reflected in the main recommendations. More information is needed about the many uses of the plant, the strong and weak points of the banana sector, and its economic value. With better information, research could be oriented more towards meeting the needs of the consumer, with particular focus on transport, marketing, and development of by-products. The Doula conference helped the banana community focus its efforts more effectively and encouraged it to obtain, to share, and to use improved data on this important crop. The conference was organised jointly by the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBAP), the Cameroon regional research centre CRBP, the French centre for development-oriented agricultural research CIRAD, FAO, French Development Cooperation, the European Union, and CTA. In response to the recommendation that more attention should be paid to the organic banana and its market potential, CABI Biosciences and CTA will organise a seminiar in the Caribbean in November 1999, on 'Production and Marketing of Organic Bananas Produced by Smallholder Farmers'.