Bananas and other tropical fruit like pineapples are grown in tropical areas like Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Bananas are a staple food for many developing countries and only around 15 to 20% of all bananas are exported to the global market.
Most tropical fruit available in British supermarkets are exported from Latin America and West Africa. Many exporters are finding new areas and countries to export from in the search for cheaper fruit, but this is jeopardising social and environmental standards.
Click on the banana icons on the map below for facts about banana growing countries, including exporting statistics and news about trade union activism.
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