Food for Thought: Genetic Gains in Banana and Plantain Breeding in Africa

Africa planted 6.3 million ha with bananas and plantains equivalent to 57.9% of the global 10.9 million ha used for these crops. The continent produced 48.2 million tons of the favorite fruit worldwide or 30.4% of the total global harvest of 158.4 million tons, with an average yield of 7.6 t/ha versus a world average of 14.6 t/ha in 2019. …