1991 (as ASPNET)
Regional banana network
15 country representatives
BAPNET is the Banana Asia-Pacific Network. It was established in 1991, as ASPNET, to foster collaborative research on bananas and renamed in 2001. BAPNET operates under the auspices of APAARI (Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes) and is guided by a Steering Committee, which is made up of heads of the national agricultural research institutes of member countries. This committee meets every two years to review progress and identify research needs and other points of convergence and collaboration among countries. The network is coordinated by Bioversity International.
Australia: Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries
Bangladesh: Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute
Cambodia: Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute
China: Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences
India: National Research Centre on Banana
Indonesia: Indonesian Central for Horticulture Research and Development
Malaysia: Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute
Pacific countries: Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Papua New Guinea: National Agricultural Research Institute
Philippines: Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research
Philippines: Philippine Council for Agriculture Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development
Sri Lanka: Horticultural Crop Research and Development Institute
Taiwan: Banana Research Institute
Thailand: Horticulture Research Institute
Vietnam: Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences
The network's secretariat produces a newsletter, the BAPNET Bulletin, published four times a year. It is accessible from the BAPNET website.
Other regional R4D networks on bananas
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