The Ivory Coast has become the leading exporter of bananas in Africa and the third-largest producer in the world.
GV Banana plantation
MV Workers cutting bananas off tree, MV ZOOM IN TO SCU .. bunch of bananas as ground (2 shots)
MV Bunches of bananas being hung on rack (3 shots)
SVs Bananas being washed, weighed and packed in field-side shed (3 shots)
SVs crated bananas onto conveyor belt and loaded onto lorry (2 shots)
MV PAN..freight-ship at dockside
SVs Bananas unloaded from lorry onto conveyor belt and onto ship (6 shots)
GV Freight-ship at quayside
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Background: The Ivory Coast has become the leading exporter of bananas in Africa and the third-largest producer in the world.
Banana production has increased 10-fold since 1950 and now stands at 200,000 tons. This is more than one-third of Africa's total production.
The growth in production has been matched by the development of a dynamic commercial network to sell the bananas on the European Market. France is the main outlet.
The consumption of bananas throughout the world has been increasing in recent years.
But unlike the Ivory Coast, in Guinea and the Malagasy Republic banana production has been falling for the past five years.
SYNOPSIS: The Ivory Coast has become the leading exporter of bananas in Africa and the third largest producer in the world. The workers cutting bananas are adding to a production which has increased ten-fold since 1950 and now stands at two-hundred-thousand tons a year.
European planters who came from Guinea ten years ago, have helped to make the Ivory Coast banana industry so successful.
Now only Martinique and Guadalupe are ahead of the Ivory Coast in world banana production and the Ivory Coast produces more than one third of Africa's total output.
The rapid growth of exports has been made possible by the development of a dynamic commercial network to sell the bananas on the European Market.
As well as being in the first ranks of world banana producers, the Ivory Coast is the second greatest producer of coffee and the fourth greatest cacao producer in the world. The bananas being loaded by conveyor onto the waiting ship will probably go to France. For the French market is still the Ivory Coast's most important outlet, although the Latin American countries have been taking a larger share. The market for bananas should continue -- world consumption has been rising.