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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The World

Banana Forum working together for sustainable banana production and trade

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Banana Forum 2009 FAO | Trade and Markets Division v. February 2011


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What is the World Banana Forum ?

permanent space of assembly for all

The WBF is a

the participants representing the global banana supply-chain

to promote open dialogue on challenges facing the banana sector. WBF | The World Banana Forum

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Why bananas? Bananas are the world’s most exported fresh fruit and an essential source of income and employment for developing countries. Environmental, economic and social challenges: agrochemical use, intensive banana production, value chain distortions and declining producer prices. Solution: Global challenges require the involvement of banana stakeholders worldwide. WBF | The World Banana Forum

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Historic background Multistakeholder process started 1998 World Banana Forum first meeting held at FAO in December 2009 Over 150 participants from the banana sector worldwide reached a common understanding on the key challenges to face Decisions: A permanent forum established 3 Working Groups created WBF | The World Banana Forum

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Objectives • sustainable management of natural resources; climate change and uncontrolled environmental impact; • mitigation of

• respect for

human rights (labour rights, health &

safety at work);

• promotion of • fair

gender equity;

distribution of value along the supply

chain;

• knowledge

sharing for development (best

practices adoption and dissemination). WBF | The World Banana Forum

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Expected Outputs

Best practices + Pilot projects + Codes of conduct + Recommendations to promote sustainable banana production and trade. examples: - virtual library of best practices; - pilot projects proposing alternatives to reduce the use of agrochemicals; - adoption of integrated pest management techniques; - code of conduct for decent work in the banana sector; - recommendations for a fair distribution of value along the chain... WBF | The World Banana Forum

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Participants

• Rural workers and smallholders • Civil Society Organizations • Private sector • Trade unions • Organizations of producers & exporters • Researchers • Governments & Int.Organizations WBF | The World Banana Forum

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The Working Groups (WG)

Sustainable Production Systems and Environmental Impact (WG01) Distribution of Value (WG02) Labour Rights (WG03) WBF | The World Banana Forum

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Global reach The WBF is tri-lingual (English/Spanish/French) The outcomes are available for to everyone

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Internet + printed documents to be distributed widely

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Who supports this initiative?

Partly funded by its participants, except for non-profit member organizations from developing countries.

DFID (UK) provided financial support in 2009/10.

Looking for new donors to cover the period 2011/12! WBF | The World Banana Forum

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Contact us for more information:

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Secretariat of the World Banana Forum Working together for sustainable banana production and trade Trade and Markets Division, FAO Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 - Rome web: www.fao.org/wbf | email: wbf@fao.org | phone: +39 06570 53200

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