Why is sugar so important to developing countries?
Sugar production in ACP/LDC countries provides many vital roles within their economies.
- Sugar cane is a proven crop that is unique in its ability to withstand the extremes of weather that exist in tropical regions
- The expansion of the cane sugar industry in developing countries goes hand in hand with the establishment of small grower schemes and projects.
- Sugar production is an agro-industrial process that supports the development of a range of engineering skills that transfer to other parts of the economy
- Sugar production contributes to large scale employment in rural areas
- The multiplier effect on employment and the economy is significant
- Sugar Industries provide much needed export earnings and tax revenues
- Sugar industries often provide healthcare, education, housing and infrastructure for their employees and the wider community