World banana forum to discuss sustainability, labour rights and diversity

The World Banana Forum (WBF) will be holding its Third Global Conference next week, from 8 to 9 November 2017 in Geneva at CICG (Geneva International Conference Centre). Side events will also take place on 7 and 10 November. 

The conference will benefit those interested in the banana sector - from producer and consumer organisations to governments, retailers, traders, civil-society organisations, development agencies and research institutions. 

The themes for discussion include environmental impacts of the industry, adapting to climate change, sustainable production systems, distribution of value in the supply chain, labour rights, decent work and gender equity. 

More than 300 participants are expected to attend, in particular representatives from the various organizations that are member of the WBF such as banana producing and trading companies, producer organizations, civil-society organizations, worker unions, research institutes and government agencies. 

“The banana industry is excited about this event,” said Pascal Liu, Coordinator of the WBF. “Working together to promote sustainable banana value chains has never been so vital.”

The conference aims to strengthen collaboration among the stakeholders of the banana sector to make the value chain more sustainable. It will focus on global collaboration, business and technical issues. It will bring together experts and share the latest innovations on sustainable practices in banana production and trade. 

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