Somalia – Bananas

Beside banana trees, a woman walks with children riding a donkey.
A man working a loom is featured with architectural motifs on this Somalia banknote.

Prior to the civil war, Somalia’s banana industry was the largest in Africa.1 They were famous for texture and taste in Europe and the Middle East.2Following the civil war were the banana wars in which warlords battled for control of the profitable industry and also brought almost to a halt.3


  1. Huffington Post 2-9-17 article
  2. with a unique combination of extra sweetness and creamy texture
  3. ibid