What are East African Highland Banana’s (EAHBs) and why are they important for food security?

East African Highland bananas are one of the most important staple food crops in East Africa, particularly for Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda. Per capita annual consumption of bananas in Uganda is the highest in the world at 0.70 kg (1.5 lb) daily per person.Including Rwanda and Burundi, consumption is about 250 to 400 kg (550 to 880 lb) per person annually (about 3 to 11 bananas each day). Uganda itself is the second largest producer of bananas in the world. It is, however, one of the smallest exporters, the crops being intended mostly for national markets.East African Highland bananas are so important as food crops that ‘Matoke’, the traditional meal made from steamed bananas, is synonymous for the word “food” in Uganda”



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