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Highlights from 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic caused huge disruption to the sugarcane sector in 2020 and forced everyone to swiftly adapt. Despite challenging circumstances, Bonsucro and its members achieved some very positive outcomes.

The latest data shows that certification against the Production Standard has significant environmental benefits. The longer producers have been certified, the more acute the benefits. The 2019-20 harvest data demonstrates more reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, more efficient water use and lower rates of fertiliser use. There was also significant progress in creating safe working conditions both on farms and at mills.

Take a look at some of the highlights from the 2020 Outcome Report below.

Over 1.2 million hectares of global sugarcane land is certified Bonsucro

After 9 years of certification, producers decrease their use of nitrogen fertilisers by 28%

Bonsucro certified operations in Brazil exceed yields by an average of 11.5 additional tonnes of sugarcane per hectare compared to non certified peers

On average, wages are 19% above national minimum wage on Bonsucro-certified farms

The number of certified mills rose to 128

67.7 million tonnes of certified sugarcane produced in 2019-20

Sugar trades increased to 1.83 million tonnes

Bonsucro certified mills reduced their CO2 emissions by 5.5% after just one year!

Certified mills reduce water use by 50% after five years of certification

Adapting to COVID-19

Payment for environmental services in sugarcane production

Preventing worker exploitation in South Africa

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