Climbing continuous improvement in organic family export bananas (BOFX)
Smallholder organic banana for export is a vital enterprise for thousands of households in Ecuador, Peru and Dominican Republic, generating weekly income and local employment. The livelihoods of these growers are pressured by
- pest outbreaks, like red rust thrips,
- high costs and increasing demand of nutrients authorized by certification procedures, and
- extreme weather events.
The technological solution
The project FTG-RF-1332-RG developed ecological intensification strategies such as bagging in the closed flower bud, scouting pesticide use and losses by cause in the packing shed, strategic placement of pruned banana plant material and fertilizers for rapid uptake and cover crop planting.
To integrate these practices into their crop management routine, 2400 growers with the support of 15 marketing associations and three national research institutes will use continual improvement and benchmarking based on cellphone apps and data bases to reduce discarded fruit, especially due to red rust, and improve soil health to increase productivity.
- In a pilot phase, 50 growers in each country will test the apps to monitor improved practices identified based on an initial diagnosis.
- In the scaling phase, the pilot growers will share their experience over a year with 750 growers in each country.
- By the end of the project, growers will have increased their production 500 boxes/ha/year.
- Implement and monitor a technological escalation process for managing TMR and SS in BOFX plantations, using ApsM to capture and transmit data
- Develop two pilot escalation cycles for continuous improvement of TMR and SS management with BOFX producers, to improve the productivity and profitability of their plots Implement a comprehensive technology escalation cycle for continuous improvement of TMR and SS management, based on the experiences of the first pilot cycle, to improve the productivity and profitability of your BOFX plots
- Encourage local, national and regional BOFX platforms to formulate improved escalation strategies based on the continuous improvement approach and benchmarking management of the TMR and SS for the massive use of producers and organizations
- The direct beneficiaries of the project are 2,400 producers (25% women) (800 Dominican Republic, 800 Peru and 800 Ecuador) and 12 BOFX organizations (5 Dominican Republic, 4 Peru and 3 Ecuador).
- The indirect beneficiaries are 7,500 producers and 25 organizations from the three countries
Sustainable Development Goals
- Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales (IDIAF) - República Dominicana
- Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria (INIA) - Perú
- Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP) - Ecuador
- Asociación de Bananos Ecológicos de la Línea Noroeste – Banelino (BANELINO) - República Dominicana
- Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG) - Ecuador
- Cooperativa Agraria APBOSMAM (APBOSMAM) - Perú
- Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores y Trabajadores de Comercio Justo (CLAC) - República Dominicana
- Asociación de Pequeños Productores La Santa Cruz, Inc (ASOLASANTACRUZ) - República Dominicana
- COMPAÑÍA EKOBANANERA S.A (EKOBAN) - República Dominicana
- Cooperativa de Productores de Bananos "Los Taínos" (COOPPROBATA) - República Dominicana
- Asociación de Productores Exportadores de Bananos de Montecristi (ASEXBAM) - República Dominicana
- Asociación Dominicana de Productores de Banano (ADOBANANO) - República Dominicana
- Mesa Técnica de Banano Orgánico de Alto Piura (MTBO-Alto Piura) - Perú
- Cooperativa Agraria Alto Grande Santa Sofía (COOPAG) - Perú
- Asociación Comité de productores de plátano y banano de Tumbes (ASOCOPLA) - Perú
- Asociación de Pequeños Productores Bananeros El Guabo (APPBG) - Ecuador
- Asociación de Producción Agrícola Mundo Nuevo (ASOMUNUE) - Ecuador