Bananas are an important source of food and income for millions of peoples. Access to reliable data on banana production systems is needed for effective planning and setting of priorities in research and economic development. This web mapping application aims to collect, to make available and to share spatial information on global banana production in a single centralized database.
The website is maintained by Bioversity International. If you would like editing rights, help on the functionality of this website or have any other question please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the screenshot below for an example of the mapper. 1) is the geographic view of the mapper. 2) is a pop-up window of the feature info of a banana production area (in this case the Southern Zone in India), 3) shows the characteristics of the selected production system (in this case the Southern Zone in India), 4) is the icon bar with tools available on the map layers, 5) map layers pannel of layers currently in the mapper, 6) legend of the selected 'Overlays' in map layers pannel, 7) search pannel allowing user to search within the banana systems and download or display results on the map.
To collect more data on banana production systems and improve the quality of this data an interactive mapping tool was created. With this tool registered users can edit (correct) the spatial boundaries of the production areas and the characteristics of the production systems (associated with the areas). They can also create new ones are remove (incorrect) ones. Any change is instantly published and visible to any new visitor of the website. Anonymous users can browse the data that is available and they can export the data to their own computer.
The mapping system consists of a database on banana production areas and systems, where an area can have multiple production systems, highlighting the diversity within the areas. This system allows users to look at the data and when authorized edit it. Basically the website lets a web browser take on the role of a GIS program.
The database contains general information for each production areas like the name of the area, country and region name where it is located. Each production system on each production area can contain the following information:
|Production||Technology||Pest and Disease|
The project was initiated at the International Conference on Banana and Plantain in Africa, held in Mombasa, Kenya in 2008. Here the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture together with Bioversity International made an effort to define and characterize the spatial extent of global banana production areas. A mapping exercise was launched for the many banana experts from Sub Saharan African countries. The experts were given a map of their country and asked to mark the main banana growing areas. Each unique area should be similar in terms of agro climate, banana type and production technology. The main characteristics of the respective areas were entered (e.g. main cultivar type, production technology information and presence of pests and diseases). Representatives of 10 countries submitted banana information about their country, which was entered into a Geographic Information System. The banana database was born. In the period that followed, more country experts submitted data per e-mail. In the same year the first prototype of the web interface was developed. In 2012 the web mapping tool was further developed and functionality making editing and searching the database was made more user-friendly. Currently the database is managed and maintained by the Bioversity International.