- In 2009 the FAO’s Trade and Markets Division organized the first World Banana Forum in Rome. Over 150 people attended the meeting, including representatives from banana farmer organizations, trade associations, private companies (including major banana marketing companies and retailers), trade unions and other civil society organizations, research institutes, technical cooperation agencies and governments.
- Participants came from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
The FAO Intergovernmental Group (IGG) on Bananas and Tropical Fruits represents a forum for intergovernmental consultation and exchange on trends in production, consumption, trade and prices of bananas and tropical fruits, including regular appraisal of the global market situation and short term outlook. The Group, under FAO auspices, considers changes in national policies and examines their international effects as pertaining to the current and prospective market situation.
Increasingly, technical side events are organized in conjunction with the IGG to facilitate a dialogue between FAO delegates, international policy makers, and the private sector. Linkages with other international organizations and commodity bodies are encouraged.
Membership in the Group is open to all Member Nations and Associate Members of FAO, including Observers from international organizations and institutions. Nearly all importing and exporting countries of bananas and tropical fruits are Members of the IGG.