Banana-geddon: World's Bananas Under Threat From Bugs And Spreading Fungus

Already under massive threat due to plagues of bugs, scientists now fear a fungal infection could be making its way around the world and into banana plantations. Fears are also growing that the Foc-TR4 strain could wipe out Cavendish cultivar banana exports across the whole of Latin American and the Caribbean, which accounts for more than 80 per cent of the world's supply. According to scientific journal Nature , things don't look healthy for the world's bananas and countries such as Costa Rica, a major exporter of the iconic fruit, have every right to be alarmed. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

World Bank president calls corruption 'Public Enemy No. 1'

"I said, 'Why can't I use the c-word?'" Wolfensohn recalled at a panel on Thursday. "And (an adviser) said, Well, half your directors represent corrupt countries." Philippines Finance Minister Cesar Purisima said countries need better ways of tracking the movement of funds in order to combat corruption. He suggested a "passport," or some kind of convention to tag capital flows in order to ensure money goes where it is supposed to. "Corruption is a very popular slogan," he said during the panel. "The problem is in the execution." The World Bank's new governance department is one of the 14 "global practices," or technical areas, that Kim formulated in October to enable the bank to provide better technical advice to countries. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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