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VIB fact series: Bananas, the green gold of the South
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There are few people in the world who are not familiar with bananas. With an annual production of 145 million metric tons in over 130 countries and an economic value of 44.1 billion dollars, bananas are the fourth most important food crop in the world. Given that bananas serve as a basic food source for 20 million people in East Africa and for 70 million people in West and Central Africa, Africa is highly dependent on banana cultivation for food, income, and job security. To continue to guarantee food security in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as the worldwide export of bananas in the future, there is an urgent need for improved banana varieties with an increased yield and nutritional value, which are resistant to all pests and diseases.

 
These Facts Series elaborate on processes to produce new and improved banana varieties that contribute to susatainable, envoronmentally friendly, and economically viable agriculture.

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The IIBN Charter and Code of Conduct
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To formalize the IIBN network as a member-based organization, an IIBN Charter has been finalized along with a Code of Conduct to which all full IIBN Members should comply. This charter follows up on the signing of the IIBN Foundation Statement ‘The Ghent Declaration’ in November 2013. The Charter describes the objectives, governance, membership and activities of IIBN.


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IIBN Foundation Statement
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To amplify IIBN’s activities, expand its knowledge base, and reinforce international cooperation and impact, five Founding Members (Science and Technology Centre, Ukraine; Embrapa, Brazil; the Guangxi Academy of Sciences, China; the African Biosafety network of Expertise, Burkina Faso; and IPBO) signed an IIBN Foundation Statement at the IIBN 2013 Forum, to cooperate to improve science and technology collaboration and transfer in biotechnology between knowledge institutions, business, governments and other stakeholders in developing, transition and industrialized nations.

 


IIBN founding members at the IIBN 2013 forum

Upper row, from left to right:
Monica Sormann (EWI, Government of Flanders), Michel Zayet (Science and Technology Centre, Ukraine), Junhua Wu (Guangxi Academy of Sciences, China), Dulce De Oliveira (IPBO), Sylvie De Buck (IPBO), Ivan Ingelbrecht (IPBO).

Lower row, from left to right:
Sylvia Burssens (IPBO), Kathleen D’hondt (former member of EWI), Marc Van Montagu (IPBO), Maria Fatima Grossi de Sa (Embrapa, Brazil), Diran Makinde (the African Biosafety network of Expertise, Burkina Faso) and René Van Berckel (United Nations Industrial Development Organization).

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