Banana

Adaptability study of banana (Musa paradisiacal var. sapiertum) varieties at Jinka, southern Ethiopia

A field experiment involving eleven improved banana (Musa paradisiacal var. sapiertum) varieties and one local check was carried out at Jinka Agricultural Research Center during the 2006 to 2009 cropping seasons under rain fed conditions to identify the best performing variety to the target areas of South Omo Zone. The banana varieties included in the field experiment were eleven improved (Kampala, Pisang, Lacatan, Poyo, Dwarf Cavendish, Giant Cavendish, Butuzua, Grand Naine, Robusta, Williams-1, Williams-2) and a local check.

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Nutritional knowledge, attitude and practices and nutritional status of school-going children in Machakos District, Kenya

The aim of this study was to determine the level of nutrition knowledge, attitude and practices and nutritional status of school-going children in a semi arid food insecure Machakos District, Kenya. A cross-sectional study was conducted in 15 randomly selected primary schools. A sample size of 350 pupils was used. Stratified sampling method was used to select pupils by class and gender. Structured questionnaires, focus-group discussion guide, observation checklist and anthropometry were used to collect data. Data was analysed by SPSS version 11 and Nutri-Survey computer packages.

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Diagnostic of banana processing for beverages including quantification of contributions to livelihood for cash and nutrition, food hazard analysis and gendered value chain analysis.

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Women and export agriculture: the case of banana production on St. Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean

Using village-level data from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, this paper questions the validity of the observation that women in the English-speaking Caribbean are concerned primarily with the production and sale of local food crops, whereas men are involved in export agriculture. In particular, the crucial contribution of women to the production of export bananas is emphasized. The Vincentian context and the village setting is first described, followed by a consideration of the substantive differences between male- and female-headed households in relation to land use and land tenure.

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Effects of transaction costs on choice of selling point: a case of smallholder banana growers in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa

This article examines the effects of transaction costs on the choice of marketing channel by smallholder banana producers (i.e. travel to the market to sell their produce versus selling at the farmgate). A probit analysis is used to identify the factors which determine the choice of a selling point. Variables capturing transaction costs are used in the analysis and these relate to searching for a trading partner, gathering information about the transaction, contracting, negotiating, monitoring and enforcing of contracts.

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Access to resources, productivity and income generation of gender-differentiated households in Ogun State, Nigeria

This paper aims at making a point that reducing gender disparities would promote agricultural productivity in the country. The study was carried out through a survey of 140 small-scale plantain farming households in Remo Division of Ogun State, Nigeria. This comprised of 62 female-farmers and 78 male-farmers heading households. The female-headed households suffered less access to credit facilities and farm land; however, they experienced averagely higher productivity and farm revenue.

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Gender, agricultural commercialization, and collective action in Kenya

With the commercialization of agriculture, women are increasingly disadvantaged because of persistent gender disparities in access to productive resources. Farmer collective action that intends to improve smallholder access to markets and technology could potentially accelerate this trend. Here, we use survey data of small-scale banana producers in Kenya to investigate the gender implications of recently established farmer groups. Traditionally, banana has been a women's crop in Kenya. Our results confirm that the groups contribute to increasing male control over banana.

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Determinants of consumers' willingness to purchase East African Highland cooking banana hybrids in Uganda

This paper uses a survey of 908 consumers that participated in farmer field days to evaluate various hybrid banana varieties from across four regions of Uganda. Sensory attributes such as taste, flavour, texture, colour of the food when cooked and bunch weight were considered. Descriptive statistics and analysis of variance were used to compare the sensory attributes of different banana hybrids and the prices consumers would be willing to pay for these varieties.

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Characteristics of banana production and sales in Kilimanjaro: security of household economy pursued by "female products

The security of the household economy on the basis of "security of food consumption" and "security of daily necessities consumption" has been pursued so far at Lukani village, on the western slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, through the cultivation of maize and "female products" (bananas, milk, beans, etc.,). In contrast, "male products" such as coffee have pursued economic rationality and maximum revenues.

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Evaluation of information and communication technology utilization by small holder banana farmers in Gatanga District, Kenya

Purpose: The study was carried out to identify information communication technologies (ICTs) used in production and marketing of bananas, to determine factors influencing intensity of use of ICT tools and to assess whether use of ICT has a significant influence on adoption of tissue culture bananas by small-scale banana farmers in Gatanga District, Kenya. Design/methodology/approach: A multi-stage purposive sampling and proportionate allocation technique was used to select 116 respondents. A pre-tested questionnaire was used to collect data.

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