MusAfrica is the banana research network for Africa, established in 2020 following the merging of the two regional banana networks : Innovate Plantain, established in 2009 and representing Central and West African countries, and the Banana Research Network for Eastern and Southern Africa (BARNESA), established in 1994 mainly representing eastern and Southern Africa countries. MusAfrica has 21 member countries, each with a representative and is managed by Alliance Bioversity-CIAT.
The network seeks to increase the contribution of bananas to food security and nutrition and economic growth across the banana producing and consuming regions of Africa. Its goal is to contribute to increased and sustainable agricultural productivity in the region with the purpose of establishing a sustainable commercialized banana sector.
Beatrice Nakhauka Ekesa (b.ekesa@ cgiar.org)
Bonaventure Aman Omondi (b.a.omondi@ cgiar.org)
For the past 2 decades, Xanthomonas wilt of banana (aka XW) has severely compromised the livelihoods of millions of banana dependent households in the East