Banana, spread from India by Alexander the Great, threatened on home turf – UN

More than 3,300 years after Alexander the Great ate a banana in India, liked it and introduced it to the wider world, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) voiced concern today at the shrinking number of wild bananas in their original home, with the consequent loss of gene sources needed to combat pests and disease in the fruit.

European Union expansion offers potentially lucrative new banana markets - UN

With bananas providing the fifth most important commodity for world food security, European Union (EU) expansion from 15 to 25 countries in May could signal the promise of lucrative new markets for African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) producers, the United Nations agricultural agency said today.