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PCAARD-FFTC-BAPNET workshop to be held in Davao

On November 11-15, 2013, the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) – Taiwan and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD),  in  collaboration with Bioversity International and BAPNET, will be holding a 3-day consultation-workshop titled “Consultation-Workshop on the Socio-economic Impacts of Fusarium Wilt Disease of Cavendish Banana in the […]

DA-BAR Project Update: Farmers’ training-workshop conducted

It has been over a year since the collaborative project between Bioversity International and the Department of Agriculture (DA-BAR) has started and to date, activities have been progressing as planned. On May 9-10, 2013,  a training-workshop for farmer-cooperators and project partners was held in the Banana Beach Resort in Tagum, Davao del Norte with close […]

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BAPNET welcomes new SC member of India

Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, the Deputy Director General (Horticulture) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), is India’s new representative to the BAPNET Steering Committee (SC) with Dr. H.P. Singh’s retirement from ICAR and correspondingly, as BAPNET SC Representative. Dr. Kumar is an entomologist that specializes on entomological research in vegetables. He pioneered the […]

Unique Pacific banana diversity conserved by SPC

  The Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is actively working with Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) and global partners in collecting and conserving unique Pacific banana varieties reported to have become increasingly rare. Work by the Pohnpei Island Food Community (PIFC) on promoting the […]

Banana Stakeholders’ Meeting in Davao

Dr. Agustin Molina speaks before the members of PBGEA in Davao, Philippines In the Philippines, TR4 has been a major issue among Cavendish growers with over a thousand hectares of plantation infected by TR4 since 2010. In the General Assembly of the Mindanao Banana Farmers and Exporters Association, Inc. (MBFEA, Inc.), an association of  small […]

Meeting with Australian Growers

(Left) Dr. Tony Pattison of DAFFQ shows a banana pseudostem infected by Fusarium wilt. (Right) The banana growers are given more dose of lectures with actual field demonstrations by the scientific experts. (Photo credit: Brian Cassey) A back-to-back activity was organized by the Australian Banana Growers’ Association (ABGA) and the Queensland’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries […]

Technology uptake higher among ‘poorer’ farmers

Farmers possess diverse technology adoption behaviors as indicated in this ACIAR-funded project. This 4-year pilot study being conducted in the provinces of Cianjur and Lampung in Indonesia shows that cooperating farmers in Lampung with smaller farm lots (less than 0.3 ha) and limited technological know-how are more likely to implement recommended farming managements with about […]

Bioversity funds training on somaclonal variation technology

Bioversity International has granted US$80,000 for the “Training and Standardization of Protocols of Somaclonal Variant Selection in Musa Improvement” to be participated by representatives from BAPNET member countries and institutions. During the 8th Steering Committee meeting of BAPNET, this training theme emerged to be a felt need with the Fusarium wilt TR4 threatening the banana […]

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ISHS/Promusa Symposium: Unravelling the Banana’s Genomic Potential

We are pleased to announce the upcoming ISHS/ProMusa Symposium that will be held as one of the symposia of the 29th International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane, Australia on 17-22 August, 2014. Banana acts as a starchy staple food crop for approximately 500 million people, particularly those in the least developed countries, where many poor families […]

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Online mapping tool for analysis and planning receives international award

RTBMaps – a web-based GIS (Geographic Information Systems) tool to help planners visualize data and analyze options for using roots, tubers and bananas to improve food security, nutrition and income – has been selected for a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award, presented today at the 2013 Esri International User Conference. A collaboration of the […]

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