Around 55 million tons of bananas are harvested every year. Ecuador is one of the world's leading exporters. But production of the Cavendish variety of the fruit is currently threatened by a fungal disease.
In an interview with DW, the Ecuadorian environment minister describes his country's achievements in protecting biodiversity — in the framework of developing a bioeconomy. Despite successes, plenty of challenges remain.
Colombia teems with birds, but until recently fighting between the government and guerilla groups scared visitors away. Now, former war zones are fast becoming bird-watching hotspots. And that could help preserve them.
Colombia is set to succeed in its fight against drug trafficking, following the FARC peace deal. But coca-growing farmers worry they will be left without any means of support. Mira Galanova reports.
The world's seventh-biggest container operator, Hamburg Süd, has been sold to Danish conglomerate AP Moeller-Maersk. The German shipper has been squeezed by massive overcapacity and falling cargo prices.
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