WHAT: Banana and Plantain in
WHEN: October 5-9 2008
WHERE: Leisure Lodge Resort,
For more information, please contact:
Jeff Haskins at +254 (0) 729 871 422
Banana and plantain growers, scientists, entrepreneurs and policy makers from around the world will gather on October 5-9 in Mombasa, Kenya for a conference organized to launch an ambitious and unprecedented 10-year effort aimed at transforming what is now largely a subsistence crop, into a major cash earner for millions of Africa’s rural poor.
The Banana and Plantain in Africa Conference represents a first comprehensive attempt to create stronger global and local market links in the region for a crop valued at US$1.7 billion in
Researchers will present results from a wide range of groundbreaking studies that point to numerous opportunities in fields, labs and markets for substantially boosting the production and earning power of a crop that currently feeds more than 100 million Africans but whose potential has yet to be tapped.
The conference, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Belgium Directorate General for Development and Cooperation (DGDC) and other public and private organizations, will concentrate on banana markets and trade, production and technical innovation, with the goal of producing a tangible 10-year strategy to realize the potential of this crucial crop to alleviate poverty and generate wealth.
Conference speakers will offer, among other things:
-Concrete evidence that concerted efforts to improve market access for the small farmers who grow the bulk of
-A blueprint for boosting incomes in marginal areas through improved banana processing. In
-New insights into the fight against numerous diseases and pests, enhancing nutritional quality and raising production through new banana hybrids and crop management techniques. This will include a discussion of the role of biotechnology in the overall push to improve banana production in
-Consideration of bananas as an effective hedge against food crises and price shocks in
Details: Conference overview, agenda and registration available online at: www.banana2008.com.