XII International Symposium on Banana: Celebrating Banana Organic Production

The symposium will be co-organized by the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT and Centre de Recherche Agronomique pour le dévelopment (Cirad) as part of IHC 2022. 

Place: Congress Center, Angers, France

Congress Dates: 14-20 August 2022

Symposium dates: 15-17 August 2022

For more information: https://www.ihc2022.org/symposia/s21-international-symposium-on-banana-celebrating-banana-organic-production/

Contact: k.lehrer@ cgiar.org


Registration is open. Consult the congress website for complete information (https://www.ihc2022.org/registration/). Please note that there are various registration categories including virtual participation. The “early bird” registration is available until 30 March. There is also a 10% reduction for 10 or more people registering from the same institute. 

Call for abstracts

The symposium organizers invite authors to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation under the themes:

  • 1 Current state of organic production in the world: challenges and innovations
  • 2 Organic nutrition (plant): experience, and new directions
  • 3 Challenges of pest and disease control without conventional pesticides
  • 4 Marketing organic bananas: The role of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on certification and emerging trends

Details on what can be included in these themes are elaborated below.

Abstract submission guidelines

Pre-screening is over. The congress submission deadline is 20 December 2021. To submit your abstract, go to: https://www.actahort.org/members/symposiar?nr=765

IMPORTANT: You need to be a member of the ISHS before submitting your abstract on-line. If you are a current member, enter your login credentials and submit your abstract. If you are not already a member or your membership is not active, click on the link “activate an ISHS user account first.” If you are not a current member of the ISHS you will be required to pay a fee (€95 for European individual, and €80 non-European individual) before submitting your abstract on-line. By paying this fee you will either become a new member of the ISHS or reactivate an existing membership. Please note that as a member of ISHS, there will be a reduction of the symposium registration fee.

The abstract should not be longer than 300 words. Please note that all oral presentations will require the submission of a full paper, which will be published in a volume of Acta Horticulturae. If this is not agreed to by the author(s), the work can be presented as a poster.

You can find the full abstract submission guidelines here: https://www.ishs.org/authors

Review process

All submitted abstracts will go through a review process and authors will be notified if their abstract has been accepted for poster or oral presentation.

Abstracts will reviewed by the Scientific Committee to make sure that they conform to the symposium theme as well as to the session to which they are submitted.

Symposium themes

Session 1: Current state of organic production in the world: challenges and innovations

  • Production statistics: trade, trends, price comparisons including plantain and other cooking banana
  • Experiences in local production
  • Analysis of commercialization
  • Diversity of production systems (species, varieties, crop association & rotations, agroforestry, cattle integration farming, biodynamic practices, etc.)
  • Comparison between dry and wet tropics zones
  • Economy gaps on small and larger farms
  • Participatory process, local knowledge
  • Synergies across food systems
  • Healthy diets: Organic Food and Nutritional Quality: role of organic products to human health; is the quality of nutritional value different in terms of comparison of organic to non-organic.
  • Improving livelihoods
  • Socio-economic challenges (e.g. gender) in managing organic banana systems

Session 2: Organic nutrition (plant): experience, and new directions

  • Diversity & efficiency of organic fertilizers (including organic matter methods)
  • Beneficial micro-organisms to improve plant nutrition
  • Alternative to synthetic N fertilizers (Urea, Ammonium fertilizers)
  • Quality of banana nutrition in organic systems
  • Detection of fraud (C/N isotopic methods, others)
  • Cost & economy of organic nutrition, bananas (production & trade)
  • Carbon footprint compared to conventional
  • Water management, water footprint (dry and wet regions)
  • Climate change impacts
  • Drought management

Session 3: Challenges of pest and disease control without conventional pesticides

  • Management of Black Sigatoka disease: efficiency of organic products, status of mineral oil, cultural practices, etc…
  • Management of root nematodes: organic products, cultural practices, etc…
  • Management of black weevils: trapping, efficiency of synthetic pheromones, physical barriers, entomo-pathogens use, …
  • Thrips, mealybugs & aphid control experiences in organic production
  • Weed management without herbicides
  • Post-harvest disease control without fungicides
  • Emergence of specific pest and diseases in organic production systems
  • Impact of fertilisation and cropping systems on pest & diseases control
  • Critical evaluation of biopesticides for pest and disease management in organic production
  • Environmental safety of organic pesticides
  • Resistant & tolerant varieties (Musa diversity & conventional & genome editing genetic improvement programs)
  • Safe movement of germplasm at local, regional, national, and global levels
  • FOC (R1-R4-TR4) mitigation and organic production
  • Biocontrol approaches for pest and disease mitigation.
  • Intercropping and crop rotation approaches for disease mitigation (linked to: Impact of fertilisation and cropping systems on pest & diseases control).

Session 4: Marketing organic bananas: The role of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on certification and emerging trends

  • Economy & costs on the diversity of certification labels
  • Public certification
  • Private certification
  • Official standards and regulations: differences between countries & continents (ex. USA, Europe, Japan, …), including transition status & delays
  • Analytical methods for organic certification: methods and data
  • Challenges of certification for local markets especially for small producers in developing countries
  • Future trends in the value chains
  • Improving livelihoods
  • Healthy nutritional diets
  • New markets
  • Efficiency and recycling: using fewer external resources
  • The organizational and change management challenges of organic production for small producer organizations in view of stricter legislation, aging farmers, and competitive pressure.

Keynote speakers

Session 1: Current state of organic production in the world: challenges and innovations

Helga Willer works at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Department of Extension, Training & Communication, where she leads the project communication group. She has been collecting and publishing key data on organic agriculture in the yearbook “The World of Organic Agriculture” since 2000. Recent developments include interactive online databases and visuals to make the data better accessible.

The annual survey on organic agriculture covers land areas, including land use, production, retail sales and international trade. More than 180 countries contribute to the survey.
Keynote topic: The state and evolution of organic fruit and vegetables: production and market at world scale

Carolina Dawson is an agricultural engineer and holds a master’s degree in Agribusiness. For more than 10 years she has worked at CIRAD, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, where she holds the position of project manager and senior market analyst at the “Observatoire des Marchés et Innovations”. She is a specialist in the value chains of tropical fresh produce such as bananas, avocados, and citrus fruits, with a focus oriented towards international food trade, sustainable development and standards and certifications. One of her main fields of research is the international market of organic bananas, the results of her research have been the subject of various presentations at international conferences and publications.
Keynote topic: The state and evolution of organic bananas including production and market at the world scale

Session 2: Organic nutrition (plant): experience, and new directions

Marc-André Selosse is professor at Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (Paris), and at Universities of Kunming (China) and Gdansk (Poland). His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of mycorrhizas, a major symbiosis between soil fungi and roots of most land plants. He also has a general interest in symbiosis and its evolution. He was head of the French Botanical Society for ten years and is now president of the Fédération BioGée, member of the French Academy of Agriculture and editor of four international scientific journals: New Phytologist, Ecology Letters, Symbiosis and Botany Letter. All his papers (more than 190 scientific papers and 190 outreach papers) are downloadable at http://isyeb.mnhn.fr/en/directory/marc-andre-selosse-405. He has published 3 outreach books in French on microbiota  (Jamais seul, 2017), tannins (Les goûts et les couleurs du monde, 2019) and soil (L’origine du Monde, 2021). Website: https://isyeb.mnhn.fr/en/directory/marc-andre-selosse-405
Keynote topic: How we can optimize the interaction of micro-organisms and plants in organic systems for better nutrition

Session 3: Challenges of pest and disease control without conventional pesticides

Luc de Lapeyre de Bellaire is a plant pathologist and has been working on fungal diseases of bananas for 35 years in the French West Indies, Latin America, and Africa. His main research topics are dedicated to agroecological protection of Sigatoka leaf spot diseases and to postharvest diseases of bananas (anthracnose and crown rot). Deeply convinced that a better understanding of epidemiological processes is the key to design alternative strategies to chemical control, he has dedicated his carrier to a holistic understanding of these processes in banana agrosystems in order to explore pioneering pesticide-free management strategies. He is presently the head of GECO, the Research Unit of Cirad (Montpellier, France) which is dedicated to ecological functioning and sustainable management of banana and pineapple agrosystems. He is author/co-author of more than 50 publications in international scientific indexed journals.

Keynote topicChallenges of the management of pest and diseases in organic banana production: a holistic and realistic point of view

Session 4: Marketing organic bananas: The role of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on certification and emerging trends

Marike de Peña is a Sociologist in Agricultural Development from the Landbouw Wageningen University in the Netherlands and has devoted most of her life to bring change in favor of producers and Fairtrade. Since 1986 she has been based in the Dominican Republic, where she worked at the Dominican Land Reform Institute (IAD) training government staff on issues related to agriculture, as well as coordinating projects on organizational strengthening of small farmers. Since 2000 she has been the Managing Director of Banelino Cooperative, a successful Fair Trade banana cooperative from the Dominican Republic. Furthermore, Marike has been an active member of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers (CLAC) for over 12 years, with an outstanding work around the region. Marike has played a key role in the governance of both CLAC and the Fairtrade System, as vice-president and president of their boards in the last decade.
Keynote topic: Impact of private and public certification labels (ex. new rules for UE organic certification) with special emphasis for small producers

Hans-Willem van der Waal (1970) is CEO of AgroFair, the pioneer of the Fairtrade and organic banana. He joined AgroFair in 2008 after having worked six years in Africa. In Burkina Faso, he established a fresh mango export company, making it the country’s largest of its kind, specializing in organic and Fairtrade. Since he became CEO of AgroFair, the company grew to around $ 100 million sales of mainly Fairtrade and organic bananas, which are sourced from small-grower cooperatives in Peru, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. AgroFair is active in many European countries, as well as in Australasia. Based on this experience, he has a profound insight in the challenges and opportunities for the organic banana industry, the roles that small farmers can play, and of the themes that are relevant for the future development of a more socially and ecologically sustainable (organic) banana. Hans-Willem holds a BEng. in chemical engineering and an MSc in management science. He is currently working on a PhD in management science related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Other research interests are organic banana post-harvest issues.
Keynote topic: Future trends in value chains including local and/or regional markets

Symposium conveners

Walter Ocimati, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Uganda
Scientist on Production Ecology and Resource Conservation, his work focuses on banana/plantain agronomy and pest and disease management in the East and Central African region.
Thierry Lescot, Cirad, France
Agronomist working with banana & plantain, he is specialized on agronomy and cropping systems, varietal diversity, agro-ecology, pests and diseases management, etc. in multiple tropical countries and with multiple publications and expertises.

Scientific Committee

Thierry Lescot (convener)CIRADFrance
Walter Ocimati (convener)Alliance Bioversity-CIATUganda
Susan AjamboAlliance Bioversity-CIATUganda
Pierre BratCIRADFrance
Martha BolañosAgrosaviaColombia
Ana Lucia BorgesEmbrapaBrazil
Mathieu CoulisCIRADMartinique
Jeff DaniellsDepartment of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF)Australia
Carolina DawsonCIRADFrance – Peru
Miguel DitaAlliance Bioversity-CIATColombia
Marc DorelCIRADGuadeloupe
Gustavo GandiniBANELINODominican Republic
Ludivine LassoisGembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Liège UniversityBelgium
Luc de Lapeyre de BellaireCIRADFrance
Anne LegreveUCL LouvainBelgium
Alain NormandCompagnie Fruitière InternationalFrance -Afrique
Tony PattisonDepartment of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF)Australia
Jean-Michel RisèdeCIRADFrance
Juan Carlos RojasINIAPeru
Nicolas RouxAlliance Bioversity-CIATFrance
Frédéric SalmonCIRADFrance
Jorge SandovalCORBANACosta Rica
Marie SauvadetCIRADGuadeloupe
Charles Staverconsultant (ex Bioversity)USA
Godfrey TaulyaIITAUganda
Philippe TixierCIRADFrance
Hans-Willem van der WaalAGROFAIRNetherlands