Bapnet map (Asia and Pacific region)


1991 (as ASPNET)


Regional banana network




Sijun Zheng

Member-elected representative

Uma Subbaraya Chetty


Alliance Bioversity-CIAT 


16 countries

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 Alliance Bioversity-CIAT.


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
Laos: Horticulture Research Center/NAFRI
Malaysia: Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute
Myanmar: Myanmar Seed Bank, Department of Agricultural Research
Pacific countries (SPC): Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Papua New Guinea: National Agricultural Research Institute
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

Other regional R4D networks on bananas

MUSALAC - the Banana Research and Development Network for Latin America and the Caribbean
MusAfrica - the Banana Research Network for Eastern and Southern Africa

Further reading

Returning home to Asia: How the banana hybrids that were produced using diversity collected in Asia are making their way back home to help smallholders fight banana diseases, in the 2003 INIBAP Annual Report.
Bringing back an old favourite, the capitalist way: How a private-public partnership is helping Filipino smallholders produce Lakatan, their preferred cultivar, in the 2004 INIBAP Annual Report.