Type: Book

Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas Cultivation techniques


Dr Kema is a Senior Scientist at Plant Research International, Wageningen, The Netherlands and Professor in Tropical Plant Pathology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He heads several international banana research programs, including interdisciplinary research projects and public-private-partnerships focusing on Panama disease and black Sigatoka. Dr Drenth is Principal Research Fellow at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAFFI), and Professor in Tropical Plant Pathology at the University of Queensland. He is the Head of the Banana Plant Protection Programme set up to protect Australia’s banana industry from the risk of disease.



Publication date:

Q3 2018

Length of book:

420 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786761569



Bananas are the world’s most popular fruit and, according to the FAO, the fourth most important crop in the developing world after rice, wheat and maize. This volume discusses ways of improving cultivation techniques to make production more sustainable.

Part 1 reviews current yields, production trends and constraints. Part 2 surveys ways of improving cultivation practice whilst Part 3 discusses harvest and post-harvest operations. The final part of the book assesses ways of measuring and improving the environmental impact of banana cultivation.

Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of achieving more sustainable cultivation of banana at each step in the value chain, from propagation to post-harvest operations. This comprehensive collection will be a standard reference for the banana research community as well as banana producers.

Key features

  • Assesses current yields in different regions and constraints in improving productivity
  • Discusses all the key stages in cultivation needed to make banana production more efficient
  • Reviews ways of assessing and improving the sustainability of banana cultivation

What others are saying...

"This book provides an excellent and complete overview of banana production in the world. Considering the rapid evolution of banana production in the last couple of decades, it provides a timely update of current information. The contributing authors are among the best experts in banana research worldwide, making this book the future reference volume for this important crop."
Dr Emile Frison, Former Director General of Bioversity International

Table of contents

Part 1 Banana production and yields
1.The origins, domestication and spread of banana cultivation: Hugo Volkaert, Kasetsart University, Thailand;
2.The international banana trade: an overview: Dan Koeppel, Columnist, USA;
3.Banana cultivation in Africa: Wilberforce Tushemereirwe, NARO, Uganda;
4.Challenges and opportunities for smallholders in banana value chains: William Tinzaara, Bioversity International, Uganda; Dietmar Stoian, Bioversity International, France, Walter Ocimati, Enoch Kikulwe and Gloria Otieno, Bioversity International, Uganda; and Guy Blomme, Bioversity International, Ethiopia;

Part 2 Cultivation practice
5.Banana plant physiology: David Turner, University of Western Australia, Australia;
6.Banana plant propagation methods: Sharon Hamill, DAF-Queensland, Australia;
7.Variety selection and quality management of banana planting stock: Mike Smith, DPI-Queensland, Australia;
8.Good agricultural practice (GAP)/ integrated crop management (ICM) in banana cultivation: an overview: Charles Staver, Bioversity International, France;
9.Challenges in cultivation of bananas in the subtropics: Victor Galan Sauco, Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias - Tenerife, Spain;
10.Nutrition and soil management in banana cultivation: Jetse Stoorvogel, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
11.Harvesting and packaging of bananas: Juan José Aycart, Dole, Ecuador;

Part 3 Harvest and post-harvest operations

12.Ripening systems for bananas: Fritz Popma, Popma Fruit Expertise, The Netherlands;
13.Life cycle analysis of banana cultivation: Louis Bockel, ESA Division – FAO, Italy;

Part 4 Sustainability
14.Improving sustainability in banana cultivation: Sietze Vellema, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
15.Organic banana cultivation and sustainability: Frans Wielemaker, Formerly Dole Fresh Fruit International, Ecuador;