According to FAO findings, the global oversupply of bananas is expected to last until 2005 and will drive down prices at least another 18%. Faced with a prolonged global surplus of their product, many of Ecuador's banana producers are looking for alternative sources of income. The three most likely alternatives are switch to a different crop; switch to organic production; or offer a value added (processed) product. Ecuador has made great strides in banana processing in recent years.