Banana growers struggle to maintain their harvests due to fungal diseases that are threatening the plants. In the Philippines, Wageningen UR is collaborating with the government and business community to set up professional laboratories.
New techniques mean diagnoses can be made faster. Farmers can also learn how to limit the further spread of fungi, and soil analyses can be made in order to facilitate customised fertilisation. The combination of diagnosis and training are strengthening the vulnerable Filipino banana sector. This is how Wageningen UR helps to improve the quality of life.