Building a More Resilient Banana Industry

Banana Industry Grants Facility: In Mozambique, bananas contribute substantially to the nation’s economy. In 2015, The country exported $75 million in bananas, making it one of the largest exporters of banana in Africa. Like in many other African countries, bananas also make an important staple in the national Mozambican diet. For the past few years, the Mozambican Banana Industry has been facing two major threats to its viability: Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) and Banana Bunch Top Virus (BBTV). The outbreaks of these two diseases have threatened the existence and viability of many commercial banana plantations and smallholder production. TechnoServe, in partnership with the Government of Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, is supporting affected banana plantations and communities by providing financial support through a grant facility to contain the outbreaks and support prevention measures.

Since November 2017, 18 grants have been awarded to commercial banana producers, universities, BANANAMOZ (the association of commercial banana producers) and other parties, which can be divided into Prevention, Containment, Replanting and Research grants.

  • Prevention, Containment or Replanting grants are used to implement activities to prevent and contain infestation of the banana diseases or to restore the economic potential by replanting areas that have been destructed due to infection.
  • Research grants are used to support important research on topics ranging from finding tolerant banana varieties to developing testing kits to establishing the socio-economic impact banana diseases have on communities across Mozambique.

By testing and licensing resistant varieties, building fences around farms and establishing monitoring systems, the Banana Industry Grants Facility is enabling the Mozambican banana industry  to combat the current Panama Disease and BBTV outbreaks and prevent further contamination.

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