COVID-19 Resource Page

Bonsucro is here to help its members during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Below are some resources that members may find useful for the current situation and to help make plans. You can also read our blog post that looks at how the sugarcane sector has responded.

In April, Bonsucro hosted a webinar that looked at how the sugarcane sector has reacted to the crisis and offered some practical recommendations. A summary of the webinar is here, or you can watch a recording.

In July, ISSCT ran a webinar in collaboration with Bonsucro and the International Sugar Organization on the impact o COVID-19 on sustainability in sugarcane. You can watch a recording here:

Bonsucro has distilled the COVID-19 guidelines from the World Health Organization to produce some key recommendations for sugarcane producers. Download our guide in English here, in Spanish here and in Portuguese here. A guide on tackling the virus for smallholder farmers is also available to download here.

Below are some other online resources that Bonsucro has found useful.

The Business and Human Rights Centre   has an ‘In-Depth Area’ of its website dedicated to COVID-19. It is updated with the latest news on the implications of the outbreak for businesses and human rights. Topics on the site include supply chain workers, migrant workers and human rights defenders and civic freedoms. The site is available in a variety of languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and both simplified and traditional Chinese.

In addition, the Innovation Forum produced a podcast, The supply chain human rights risks to watch for from COVID-19 impacts with Phil Bloomer, the executive director of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, talking about how the suppliers of big brands will suffer as orders are cancelled and workers laid off.

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations has a significant section on its website covering COVID-19. The content includes resources such as Food Price Monitoring and Analysis, a series on Covid-19 policies, a big data tool on food chains under the COVID-19 pandemic and crop calendars.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is curating a series of blog posts that analyse the impact of COVID-19 on the national and international food security, poverty and development. The page will also be updated regularly with links to other publications featuring IFPRI analysis on COVID-19, including on specific regional and country impacts; virtual IFPRI events on COVID-19; and pandemic-related podcast episodes.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has a page with the most up to date trade related information including notifications from WTO members and the affect the virus has had on imports and exports.

World Health Organization has a useful hub with advice for the public. It includes advice on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and details on when to use masks and how to use hand sanitizers.

There are also downloadable resources that include how to deal with stress from the pandemic, home care and COVID-19 and pregnancy.

The global law firm, DLA Piper has a resource centre that looks at the impacts of COVID-19 from a business perspective. There are pages on corporate governance, disclosure and risk management, supply chains, insurance and commercial contracts, restructuring and more. There is also regional specific information and an array of webinars.

Many resources promote good hygiene and washing hands for at least 20 seconds using soap. WaterAid has produced a useful video demonstrating how to wash hands properly which will help prevent the spread of the disease. The hygiene team also answered some of the most asked questions about hand washing.

If you have any questions, or you see anything you think should feature of this page, please email