Musalac map (Latin America and the Caribbean region)




Regional banana network


Latin America & Caribbean


Luis Perez Vicente


Bioversity International


15 countries, 4 institutes


MUSALAC is the Banana Research and Development Network for Latin America and the Caribbean. It was established in 1987 as the Latin America and the Caribbean Network (LACNET) and renamed in 2000. The network operates under the auspices of the Foro Regional de Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico Agropecuario para America Latina y el Caribe (FORAGRO) and is managed by a Steering committee which meets every two years. The network is coordinated by Bioversity International.

The general objective of MUSALAC is to increase productivity and competitiveness of the plantain and banana agroalimentary chain by developing scientific and technological activities; strengthening national research and development systems; and prioritizing and coordinating actions in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Member countries

Bolivia: Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería
Colombia: Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria
Costa Rica: Corporación Bananera Nacional
Cuba: Ministerio de Agricultura
Dominican Republic: Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales
Ecuador: Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias
Honduras: Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería de Honduras
Jamaica: Jamaican Banana Board
Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales y Agropecuarias
Nicaragua: Escuela Internacional de Agricultura y Ganadería
Panama: Escuela Internacional de Agricultura y Ganadería
Peru: Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria de Perú
Puerto Rico: Universidad de Puerto Rico
Venezuela: Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas

Member institutes

Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigacíon y Enseñanza
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


The network's secretariat used to produce a newsletter in Spanish, Boletín MUSALAC.

MUSALAC meetings

Since 2011, MUSALAC has been organizing a scientific symposium back-to-back with its biennial steering committee meeting[1].


Website of the MUSALAC network

See also on this website

BAPNET - the Banana Asia-Pacific Network
BARNESA - the Banana Research Network for Eastern and Southern Africa
Innovate Plantain - Innovation platform on plantains
Contributors to this page: Anne Vézina .
Page last modified on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 09:49:39 CET by Anne Vézina.