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Nov 25 12

Banana mapper revisited

by hein

The banana mapping moved to another websute. Please have a look at: at

Apr 26 12

Banana areas removed

by hein

The shape-file/layer showing the banana areas has been removed from the map server. An improved version of this website is expected in summer 2012.

In the meantime the latest verssion of the shape-file can be downloaded at:

Jan 4 11

Banana Production Areas updated

by hein
Banana Production Areas (January 4, 2011)

The shape showing the banana production areas was checked for errors, corrected and uploaded again. Considerable changes had been made in Kenya, especially in the Coastal Province. Small changes in Uganda, DRC and Tanzania.

Banana Production Areas (January 4, 2011)

Dec 15 10

BOAP presented in Kenya

by hein

From 13 to 16 December 2010 the ‘Regional Disease Surveillance Workshop for Banana’ was held in Nairobi, Kenya. Researchers and plant protection experts from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo and Zambia as well as scientists from IITA and Bioversity were present to discuss regional cooperation in the fight against banana diseases BBTV and BXW. As a potential tool to share data across the region, the Banana Open Access Platform was presented (Presentation BOAP). Afterwards the banana experts learned how to use the tool and at the same time discuss the data present. Valuable points on the tool itself  were raised and shortcomings in the data were highlighted. At the workshop changes for Uganda were made and changes to Zambia and Kenya were promised. Some of the topics raised:

  1. BOAP is a very useful tool
  2. The interface has to be made more user friendly. Logging in is not very straightforward and editing needs explanation.
  3. The banana areas presented are often too big and need to be split in smaller units, though this is not possible in the current editor.
  4. Accuracy and reliability were questioned as everybody had access and could edit. Now changes are saved automatically to the dataset. This should be restricted. Any change to the dataset should first be approved by the authors of the website before the change is actually added.
  5. The details of the person who edited should be added to the shapes that were changed as a reference.
  6. It should be possible to add field observations where diseases were diagnosed as points to BOAP.
Dec 15 10

[Dataset change] Countries:{Uganda}

by hein

Today, I changed the data set and edited data in those countries {Enter the countries here}.
I did the following:

[ ] changed the shape of areas
[ x] created new shapes
[ ] deleted shapes
[ ] checked present characteristics and confirmed, that they are correct
[ ] corrected present characteristics
[ ] entered new characteristics
[ ] other {please specify}

Comment: added banana area north of Lake Albert

Name: {Jerome Kubiriba}
Organisation: {NARO, Uganda}

Nov 26 10

BOAP presented in Nigeria

by hein

From 22 to 26 November 2010 ‘Research for Development Planning week’ was held for IITA scientists in Ibadan, Nigeria. As a potential tool to capture data on banana production and technologies, the Banana Open Access Platform was presented . Although the  crucial banana production areas layer was not visible (due to technical problems). Some comments:

  1. First page is blog and should be introduction to site and data available as this is the key aspect
  2. A link to Wikipedia banana blog to increase visibility
  3. What is the incentive for anyone to edit the data?
  4. Concerns on data quality and credibility of any edits – how can this be verified?
  5. FAO should manage this site as they are impartial and linked to governments – but then why would the data be improved over what they normally receive?
  6. BOAP should be linked across CGIAR system
Nov 17 10

Where do bananas grow anyway?

by hein

There are plenty of different ideas on where bananas grow? Is it really that difficult? Follow the discussion at the Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog.

Oct 7 10

Using production data to prioritize germplasm collecting

by Luigi

One of the possible applications of crop production mapping work such as this is that it allows you to work out to what extent germplasm collections may be representative of the diversity that’s out there in the field. Gap analysis of this kind has been done for a number of crops, but not yet banana.

One of the reasons for that is that the banana germplasm data is not well geo-referenced. But hopefully that will change. And having production maps against which to compare where material has been collected may well be a strong incentive to collect better provenance data in the future. However, it would also be great if along with the production data, this project also collected some basic information about banana diversity, even just local variety names would be interesting. That way it would perhaps be possible to identify and prioritize high-diversity areas for exploration and further collecting.

Oct 7 10

Out of Africa

by hein

The Banana Platform is now expended to Costa Rica. David Brown (Bioversity) send us shape files of main banana growing areas in Costa Rica which we added to the map. The areas do not have characteristics yet, but these will be added when available When opening the Viewer or Editor the focus is still Africa but this will change when more data outside Africa is added.

Banana areas in Costa Rica

Sep 28 10

Spreading the word

by philippe

The last two month were dedicated to the development of a technical base to allow crowdsourced mapping of banana production areas in the whole Africa . After creating a first version of the ‘Banana Open Access platform’ and developing an online appearance for the whole project it was the next step in the project to start groundprooving the data on site and to involve experts who have a high amount of detailed knowledge for certain areas. The project ‘Banana Open Access platform” aims indeed at the banana production for the whole of Africa, but the design of the software allows the input of very detailed data at small scales. To introduce the project to experts and to get further involved with the banana production in Africa, I was scheduled to go to Bukoba, Tanzania for 4 days. Bukoba is a town in northwest Tanzania on the western shore of Lake Victoria. It is the capital of the Kagera region. The Kagera region holds 8 districts, one is Karagawe, this district is a very prominent area for banana production in Tanzania. After leaving Dar es Salaam in direction Bukoba at the 21th of September… [read more]