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After years of research, Chinese experts have recently launched a new variety of Cavendish banana resistant to TR4, which is used for export. The new variety was developed using chemical mutagenesis techniques. Other countries, including the Philippines, are in advanced stages of developing their own varieties through gamma irradiation.

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The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are launching, at the Latin American level, the Concursable Fund of the INNOVA AF Project, within the framework of the agreement between both organizations.

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The application of digital technologies in agriculture with the aim of improving efficiency, productivity and resilience to climate change is growing exponentially in the world and in our region. But these technological developments are not among the usual topics addressed by the actors of the agricultural innovation systems.

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Using artificial intelligence (AI), a team of international researchers created an application for mobile phones that identifies five diseases and a common plague of banana plants. The surveillance system allows early containment measures to be taken before the outbreak of pathogens.

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Peanuts address nutritional demands in underdeveloped countries as they are a rich source of proteins and fatty acids.

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The identification of the native flora of Costa Rica now has a new ally thanks to an application that will permit users to identify and know the characteristics of the plants of the country.