The Alliance @ the World Banana Forum Conference

Millions of people across the world depend on bananas as a source of food and income. Bananas are the most exported fresh fruit in the world by volume with estimated economic value of over USD 10 billion per year.

However, despite increases in global production, banana yields are far below their full potential. 

The 4th Global Conference of the World Banana Forum will take place at FAO HQ (Rome) on 12-13 March 2024.  This 3-days conference will bring together stakeholders from across the global banana supply chain, giving them the opportunity to discuss the challenges that the sector faces, such as   mitigation and adaptation to climate change, but also to analyze best practices for sustainable production and trade. 

Three side events will also take place ahead and after the conference: 

  • the International Meeting on Gender Equity, 11 March; 
  • the Side-event on Fusarium Wilt TR4, March 11; 
  • the Global Conference on Living Wages/Income in the Banana Industry, 14 March.

The Alliance will be engaging in key activities, including:

Date Venue Session Our scientists
11 March, 14:40-15:40 (CET) Red Room, FAO and online

Side event: SESSION 3. 

Panel discussion: Advanced technologies for TR4 diagnosis, monitoring and surveillance

Miguel Dita, Senior Scientist
12-13 March Atrium of FAO Booth Sebastien Carpentier, Principal Scientist and Banana Program Leader
13 March, 12:00 - 14:00 Atrium of FAO Expo style event: Banana Diversity Tasting Sebastien Carpentier, Principal Scientist and Banana Program Leader
13 March, 14:00-15:00 Green Room, FAO and online

WBF Conference: SESSION 6. 

Fusarium Wilt TR4: Strategies for the present and solutions for the future

Miguel Dita, Senior Scientist