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Magdalena

Learn fascinating facts about the country, the people, the climate and the region where our farms are located.

Dole certifications

Dole’s certifications reflect our commitment to protect both people and the planet. They apply to all social and environmental issues from cultivation to transportation. The many measures Dole is involved in benefit local communities.

GlobalGAP sets voluntary standards in agricultural production around the world. It was set up to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimising detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety.

Dole chose ISO 14001 as its environmental management standard. This area also includes programmes for independent suppliers.

First established in 1997, the standard is globally recognised for its effectiveness in the achievement of environmental objectives, for example relating to waste management and air, water and soil contamination.

SA 8000 is a global certification system that monitors, analyses and certifies corporate social responsibility. It is primarily concerned with child labour, forced labour, freedom of association, discrimination, working hours and remuneration.

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour. Certification is based on three criteria: environmental protection, social justice and the capacity for economic development.

Colombia

Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America. The terrain ranges from low-lying coastal regions to the Andean plateau at 5700m and tropical rainforest. Bananas are grown between the mountains and the sea. Plantains are a popular side dish here, and “apple bananas” are eaten for dessert.

The Banana Story

The Banana Story shows you the life of a Banana - in 3 Minutes. Before a Dole banana is at your supermarket, it was nearly a year in the tropics, is curved, yellow and sweet, and has travelled thousands of miles. Enjoy it!

Facts

Quality fruit needs space. The plantation covers more than 2.2 square kilometres or 315 football fields.

150 people work at this plantation.

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Climate

Hot and humid – the perfect conditions for bananas! In spite of its location on the Atlantic coast, Colombia has a low hurricane risk compared with the nations of Central America. It is more susceptible to the drought conditions of La Niña than the floods associated with El Niño.

  • Weather Station Apartado
  • Local Time: 21:23 (GMT -05:00)
  • Clear
  • Humidity 84%
27°

degrees celsius

Urabá

The largest banana-growing region, with 75% of total exports. The climate is hot and very rainy, giving the bananas all the water they need. They are transported down river to the sea in barges and loaded on to the ships by crane.

Karte

Visit other farms

Discover our pineapple and banana farms and learn about the country and the people behind it.