The Banana Asia Pacific Network (BAPNET)  was established in 1991, as ASPNET, with the aim of fostering collaborative research on bananas within the region. Renamed in 2001. BAPNET operates under the auspices of APAARI (Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes).

The network is guided by a Steering Committee, which is made up of heads of the national agricultural research institutes of member countries. This committee meets biannually to review progress and identify research needs and other points of convergence and collaboration among countries. Bioversity International functions as the network’s Secretariat and coordinates all network activities.