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Representatives from 21 countries met last week in Peru for the first international symposium on ‘Banana and Plantain in Latin America and the Caribbean’. Peru, especially the north west, is an important organic banana growing region.
The meeting focused on the impact of climate change on banana and plantain diversity and finding alternatives to prevent or mitigate its negative impact.
“The symposium opened with some great presentations, with many questions coming from the smallholder farmers who are the real beneficiaries of climate change research” said Miguel Dita, Bioversity's banana expert in Latin America and event co-organiser.
For more information visit the symposium website (available in Spanish only) or read 'Desert Bananas', a report by Andy Jarvis (CIAT/CCAFS) one of the keynote speakers at the event.