Solidaridad, an international NGO has been working with the support of the Ministry of Production's Innóvate Perú program on the basis and the constitution of the first cluster of organic bananas in Piura. Organic banana exports have gone from totaling 264,000 dollars to more than 125 million in less than two decades.
The new cluster is supported by three fundamental axes (an economic, a social, and an environmental axis) with which it seeks to obtain a fair market price without neglecting the well-being of producers or the environment, including 40% of the producers of this sector in Piura.
The cluster aims at to better positioning organic bananas in international markets, help improve the sanitary quality of organic bananas in Piura, and ensure their integrity and organic certification.
In addition, it seeks to promote the development of actions in favor of the environment, generate knowledge on how to improve the area devoted to organic bananas, train leaders and managers in educational and economic issues, optimize the use of resources, and promote a circular economy with carbon offsets.
In its first phase, which took place from January 2019 to March 2020, they began by identifying the main social and technological gaps they had to increase their competitiveness via the strategic differentiation of organic bananas through certifications (in carbon neutral and environmental footprint), strengthening their quality, having certified organic productions, and carrying out internal training.
The cluster will implement two programs to promote associativity and leadership development for managers and leaders of organic bananas and to train producers and technicians from the sector's institutions in technical competencies.
In addition, the circular economy will be incorporated into the organic bananas' production process and a differentiated strategic offer will be developed for the European market through carbon-neutral certification. The cluster also plans to implement a monitoring system and application of bio-ferments in organic bananas, create awareness to prevent being affected by the Fusarium Race 4 plague, and improve the quality of the product through the renewal of seeds.
The ultimate goal is to continue transforming bananas into a differentiated organic product that allows access to more demanding international markets so that the more than 4,000 producers who are producing organic bananas in Peru can become highly competitive producers worldwide.