ACP Sugar and Brexit
 

Health

In many ACP origins, sugar industries support the communities in which they operate through provision of healthcare

Health clinic in Malawi

Health clinic in Malawi

Education

Industries also support education and training in the community

Malawi

  • There are more than 11,000 full time employees within the industry
  • The Industry operates 11 health clinics for its staff and their dependents
  • An average of 26% of sugar produced was sold to EU28
  • From 2007 to 2016,  there were 2.75 million visits to the company’s health clinics by workers, their dependents and the local community
A Sugar Estate School

A Sugar Estate School

Katsinthula Fairtrade registered small grower scheme

Katsinthula Fairtrade registered small grower scheme

 
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Development

Nakambala, Zambia

The granting of preferential access under EBA was an important factor in the development of the sugar industry in Zambia, the expansion in the capacity at the Nakambala factory and the cane supply to support it. The factory now has a capacity of in excess of 420,000 metric tons of sugar per annum.  

 
 
 
Growers inspecting the cane in Belize

Growers inspecting the cane in Belize

Sugar in the community

Some facts and figures supporting the important role of sugar in ACP/LDC countries

Belize

  • Sugar supports the livelihood and wellbeing of around 15% of Belizeans
  • Contributes to GDP (circa 5%) 
  • Employment (circa 8%) 
  • Total Belize exports (circa 9-10%)
  • Foreign exchange earnings (circa 7%)

Mozambican workers preparing seed cane

Mozambican workers preparing seed cane

Mozambique

  • Sugar production in Mozambique increased from 6,000mt at the end of Civil war to 422,000mt in 2014. This increase was under-pinned by preferential access to the EU market
  • 33,000 are employed within the industry in rural areas, and an estimated 250,000 people are dependent on sugar for their livelihoods.
  • On average, over the last 5 years, more than 55% of Mozambique production was exported to the EU.

  Lusip water delivery system that enabled the development of new small-grower schemes

  Lusip water delivery system that enabled the development of new small-grower schemes

Swaziland

In Swaziland, sugar represents

  • 13% of GDP
  • 5% of national direct employment
  • 35% of private sector employment
  • 50% of sugar exports are to EU 28