Global programme seeks to contain serious threat to the world’s bananas

25 October 2017

FAO and its partners Bioversity International, IITA and the World Banana Forum have launched a global programme requiring $98 million to contain and manage a new strain – Tropical Race 4 (TR4) – of Fusarium wilt, an insidious disease that can last for years in soils and can hitchhike to new fields and destinations through a number of means such as infected planting materials, water, shoes, farm tools and vehicles.

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