Improving land and water use

Southern Africa produces 75% of the continent’s sugarcane harvested by large and small-scale producers. The sugarcane programme in Southern Africa has focused on Malawi and South Africa and works with over 3,000 smallholder sugarcane producers in vulnerable areas in the Komati region to improve their irrigated water use efficiency. In Malawi, land shortages pose challenges for sugarcane expansion.

Solidaridad’s programme recognises that smallholders need to be better organised to create cost-efficient sugar-value chains and be supported to influence the industry so that equitable, transparent partnerships are established that meet their needs. Partnerships with key private sector stakeholders such as Illovo have and continue to be crucial for the successful implementation of innovative approaches and adaptation of digital solutions to the local sugarcane sector.

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