Agroindustrial Processing and Marketing of Plantain

Call for Proposals
Other agencies:
USD 500.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 635.737
Execution time
36 Months
Total Amount:
USD 1.135.737
Participating countries:
Costa Rica Costa Rica Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Nicaragua Nicaragua Panama Panama Venezuela Venezuela
Funding source:
Other agencies 44% Counterpart Amount 56%

Executive Summary

The Project, a consortium led by Bioversity International (Costa Rica) with direct participation of banana producing countries in the region considered four components. They are listed below, including highlights of the main products and results:

  • Improving the productivity of banana farms through a number of technological innovations: Selection, evaluation and dissemination of superior and elite plants; measurement of water balances; continuation of banana soil health studies (based on a previous project); establishment of integrated plots with the best available technologies
  • Development and strengthening of technical and infrastructure capacities for the agro-industrial processing of plantain: agro-industrial inventories and the characterization of post-harvest losses were developed in order to introduce adjustments and improvements.
  • Research in business organization processes for small-scale producers: The training of facilitators of livelihood-based business initiatives was emphasized.
  • Development of a platform for knowledge and technological innovation in banana production, processing and marketing: The achievements in this component aimed at training and putting into practice value chain approaches and training inititatives.

The technological solution

The technological solution in this project is multifunctional and applicable in very different environments with the necessary adaptations. It started from the need to have genetic resources of musaceae (plantain) of higher productivity and tolerance or resistance to the main biotic and abiotic threats, while emphasizing one of the forgotten elements for sustainable production: soil health. The regional deterioration that this resource has suffered is known and the project (with the results of a previous initiative) rescues it and puts it in the foreground of the interest of national programs.

 When signaling a multifunctional solution, other significant components of the project must be added, in particular the characterization of post-harvest systems, the value-chain approach, the organization and dissemination of the knowledge generated, and strengthening capacities of producers and technicians.


A significant product of the project was the establishment of unified protocols in the 4 countries (Venezuela did not finally manage to participate in the consortium) on selection of superior plants / elites, cluster management, characterization of soil quality and health, water balance, the evaluation of endophytic antagonists and the establishment of integrated plots to show the best available technologies. Additionally, unified protocols were generated in the countries on inventory and characterization of post-harvest losses and training in good manufacturing practices.

In the context of institutional and professional strengthening, the execution of methodological workshops on the livelihoods approach and continuous improvement of agro-industrial processes stand out, as well as the design of an electronic platform to facilitate interaction and mutual learning among the participants. Finally, it is necessary to highlight the intense capacity building activities carried out by means of meetings and workshops with producers, which generated feedback on demands and options for sustainable production.


Although the project did not carry out a quantification of the direct and indirect beneficiaries, they are numerous. First, they include producers in four countries that had direct access to new visions, technologies and superior germplasm. It also encourages capacity building for technicians and specialists who developed knowledge and skills, reflected in theses and publications of different kinds. Finally, the knowledge generated feeds new generations of producers and officials in national programs.

Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible consumption and production Life on land Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Bioversity International - Costa Rica
  • APLARI - Nicaragua
  • Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales (IDIAF) - República Dominicana
  • Instituto de Innovación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) - Panamá
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas (INIA) - Venezuela
  • UNESUR - Venezuela

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Financing by country (in USD)
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With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)