The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted numerous agrosystems and associated livelihoods across the globe, with continued and knock-on effects anticipated in the coming months and years. Bananas, globally the most-exported fruit, are an important source of both food and livelihoods for producers across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. But under COVID, banana value chains have been affected in nearly all banana-producing countries.
As part of its three-pronged COVID-19 response of monitoring, responding and facilitating recovery, the Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT tapped into its regional banana networks to ascertain and evaluate the impacts on domestic banana production, transportation, markets and consumption. Fifty-four country representatives from the networks BAPNET, MusAfrica (formerly Innovate Plantain and BARNESA) and MusaLAC were surveyed.
With responses from over 30 countries, we report here the general impacts across the three regions: Asia and the Pacific, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, with a special focus on India, Ghana and Ecuador.