Uganda is among the world’s leading countries in terms of banana production and consumption. Bananas occupy the largest cultivated area among
staple food crops in Uganda and are primarily grown on small subsistence
farms (plots of less than 0.5 ha). In addition to being a major food staple,
bananas are an important source of income, with excess production sold in local markets. Average per capita annual consumption of bananas in Uganda is the highest in
the world, estimated at close to 1 kg per person per day. Bananas are consumed as
fruit; prepared by cooking, roasting, or drying; and fermented for the production of
banana juice and alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, and gin).