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News stories from around the world about sugar workers, farmers and consumers.

October 2016

Egypt: Sweet-toothed Egypt endures a sugar crisis

Fiji: Inmates boost sugar harvest

Ireland: Sugar tax set to be introduced in budget due to obesity concerns

UK: Britain’s cane refiner sees only upside to hard Brexit

US: Migrant workers in recreational vehicles

Zimbabwe: Sugar politics

World Health Organisation urges all countries to tax sugary drinks

September 2016

Kenya: How big sugar experiment turned sour, trapping farmers in poverty

Zimbabwe: Sugar plantation workers protest against seizure of estate

August 2016

Belize: Cane farmers demonstrate against ASR sugar company

India: Sexual abuse plagues female workers on sugarcane fields

India: Modi is wrong, sugar mill owners are taking farmers for a ride

Philippines: Negros sugar workers stage ‘tiempo muerto’ protests

South Africa: Sugar tax threatens jobs, Coca-Cola bottler says

March 2016

Brazil: Watchdog passes Raizen-Wilmar joint venture

Guyana: Government should ensure wage hikes for workers

Jamaica: Government intervenes to save major investments in sugar industry

India: Sugar factory workers lock up Managing Director over demands

Peru: Strike by sugar workers for better pay and conditions

UK: Chancellor introduces new sugar tax on soft drinks

US: Maui Sugar workers to receive federal assistance

February 2016

Brazil: Cosan and Sumimoto to join forces in sugarcane pellet joint venture

Dominican Republic: Hundreds of workers demand pension at the National Palace

Fiji: Sugar industry records $83m loss

Guyana: Union attacks Guysuco’s farming plan for Wales mill

Kenya: Mumias Sugar half-year loss increases by Sh180m

South Africa: Bitter harvest as dry spell punishes cane farmers

UK: Herbicide tolerant sugar beet being trialled

UK: Fairtrade sugar blues bring down total sales

US: Big Sugar, Marco Rubio and Florida’s water crisis

Zimbabwe: Tongaat Hulett fires 4,300 employees

World: Associated British Foods offers to buy South Africa’s Illovo Sugar

World: Political leaders under pressure to adopt sugar taxes

January 2016

Egypt: Sugarcane cultivation became a burden, say farmers

Guyana: Wales sugar workers protest outside Parliament

India: Farmers now need to cart cane to Tamil Nadu mills

India: Reservoirs run low so farmers slash sugarcane planting

India: Nothing sweet for sugar mill workers in Puducherry

Jamaica: Pan Caribbean Sugar Company to make 384 positions redundant

Thailand: Sugar output estimate trimmed as drought shrivels crops

US: New dietary guidelines crack down on sugar

US: Why Hawaii’s sugar plantations have disappeared

December 2015

Australia: Sugar bill referral to Consumer Competition Commission is wrong (letter)

India: Sugar plantations in Maharashtra hurting other crops, claims BJP leader

India: Notices to 11 Maharashtra sugar mills for defaulting on Fair and Remunerative Prices to farmers

Kenya: Country gets extension on COMESA sugar safeguard

Pakistan: Burden on consumers as millers win Rs6.5bn subsidy

Philippines: National Federation of Sugar Workers call for government support 

Uganda: Bitterness in sugar industry

November 2015

Australia: Rodents running rampant in Far North Queensland sugarcane fields

Belize: Sugarcane farmers not happy with new prices

France: Wage agreement ends Tereos strike

Guyana: Sugar workers end strike

Kenya: Army involved in sugar smuggling racket

US: Big Sugar and corporate welfare, finally in the political spotlights?

October 2015

Guyana: Guyana Sugar Corporation bankrupt claims report

India: 20% hike for Maharashtra sugarcane workers

World: Global market for non-sugar sweeteners worth $13.5bn

September 2015

Brazil: Cargill may break M&A lull in Brazil’s sugar cane

India: Government orders sugar producers to ramp up exports to curb surplus

India: No crushing next season for 52 mills in drought-hit Maharashtra

US: Beginning of sugar cane harvests reignites field burning debate

August 2015

Australia: Queensland sugar harvesting season is anything but sweet

Bangladesh: Country raises duty on sugar imports

Brazil: Sugar-ethanol mill maker Dedini seeks creditor protection

Cambodia: Path to ‘clean sugar’ still paved with delays

Jamaica: Sugar job losses signal an industry at a crossroads

Kenya: World Bank study says cheap imported sugar is the way to go

Philippines: Manufacturers report spike in sugar smuggling

Thailand: US ‘Big Sugar’ fighting to protect a sweet deal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

June 2015

Australia: Farmers prepare to fight Asian tycoon over sugar marketing

El Salvador: Small changes bring new hope for workers

UK: Tate & Lyle Sugars ‘We’d be better off outside the EU’

UK: British Sugar cuts 2016-17 prices by 15%

May 2015

Cambodia: Mitr Phol pulls out of Oddar Meanchey 

India: $3 billion of unpaid bills fail to deter sugar farmers

Kenya: Plans to privatise sugar companies within 12 months

Peru: Dramatic clashes between police and sugar plant workers 

South Africa: Low sugar prices hurt Illovo Sugar and Tongaat

US: Mars wants labels for added sugar

US: Western Sugar Cooperative plans on slowly phasing out beet factory

US: South Florida water managers kill deal to buy US Sugar farmland

World: Sugar falls to six year low on global glut

World: Wilmar buys record ICE raw sugar delivery of 1.9mt ($547m)

April 2015

India: Farmers coat road with sugar in protest

India: Contract workers at Shree Renuka Sugar’s Haldia plant stage protest

Somalia: Al-Shabaab-linked sugar smugglers still in business after attack

St Kitts and Nevis: Ex-sugar workers await $16m severance payout

Tanzania: Sugar companies of East Africa come together under one umbrella

US: Actors hired to protest sugar deal

World: ACP sugar suppliers alarmed with collapse in sugar prices

March 2015

Kenya: Mumias to sack over 300 workers to save sinking sugar company

Philippines: Photos of Filipino children working in mines and on sugar plantations

US: Woman is female voice for sugar beet farms in North Dakota

US: Coca-Cola paid nutritionists to tout Coke as heart healthy snack

US: Sugar industry shaped government advice on cavities

World: Sugar prices fall to near six-year low on weak Brazilian currency

Zambia: PF challenge Zambia Sugar to employ local people

February 2015

Cambodia: Sugar company says no child labour; workers say otherwise

Guyana: East Demerara sugar estate workers strike after 15 dismissals

India: Sugar mill workers block national highway

Iran: Labour protests sweep country [including Varamin Sugar Company]

Jamaica: Farmers face bleak future as EU axes cap on sugar beet production

Nicaragua: Nicaraguans demand action over illness killing thousands of sugar cane workers

South Africa: Drought likely to hurt producers

UK: How Jack Straw lobbied Ukrainian PM and European Commission on behalf of sugar firm

World: Danone and Mars launch £79m fund for smallholder farmers

World: Sugar overcapacity dominates bitter sweet debate in Dubai

Zimbabwe: Human Rights Watch release report on sugarcane displacement

January 2015

Belize: Fairtrade Threatens De-certification

Greece: Hellenic Sugar Industry workers demonstration

Nicaragua: Can sugar workers be saved with simple water and shade?

Uganda: Sweet turnaround for country’s sugar kings

December 2014

Madagascar: China shocked by fatal riot at Chinese-run sugar factory

November 2014

Mauritius: Sugar industry workers strike over pay dispute

Zimbabwe: Child labour keeps sugar industry afloat

October 2014

China: Bitter days for China’s sugar producers

Ethiopia: Tribes’ ancient ways threatened by UK-backed sugar project

USA: Activists turn out to protest against Big Sugar

World: Smallholder farmers need greater involvement in public-private partnerships

September 2014

Guyana: Talks resume towards ending sugar industry strikes

India: Sugar politics and its bitter underside

Kenya: Mumias Sugar Company  workers opposed its plans to lay off staff 

August  2014

India: Karnataka sugarcane growers go on offensive against mills

Indonesia: Government raises sugar floor price

Tanzania: African sugar farmers heading for rough waters as EU quota ends

Trinidad: Ex-Caroni workers still in the rain

USA: Sweet poison – the lethal costs of Big Sugar

July 2014

Cambodia: Migrant workers pay for Thai labour scramble

Jamaica: US$12m spent on sugar barracks relocation programme

UK: Sugar beet growers face hefty price cut

Zambia: Zambia Sugar workers reject foreign manager

June 2014

Central America: Chronic kidney disease sweeps sugarcane workers

Kenya: Poor Kenyan sugarcane grower will remain a slave of the millers

Malaysia: Raw sugar long term contract to be abolished

UK: Action on Sugar renews attack on ‘shocking’ sugary drinks

South Africa: Deal reached to end sugar workers’ strike

May 2014

Kenya: Farmers laud burning of illegal sugar

World: McDonald’s new social impact goals target salt, sugar and fat 

April 2014

Cambodia: Chinese-owned sugar plantation under investigation for child labour

Egypt: Al Nouran Group revives sugar plant plan

Myanmar: Wilmar forms Myanmar sugar venture to expand push into sweetener

Philippines: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Free Trade Agreement – dead time or lucky time?

World: Drastic measures on sugar consumption

March 2014

Brazil: Cargill and Copersucar to form world’s number one sugar trader

Guyana: Blairmont sugar workers end strike

India: Export subsidy for sugar questioned at WTO meet

Jamaica: Sugar talks fail, again

World: Daily sugar intake ‘should be halved’ says WHO

February 2014

Ethiopia: Land and water grabs devastate communities

Germany: Sugar companies fined 280m Euro for price fixing

India: War for credit turns sour in sugar bowl of Gujurat

Nicaragua: Sugar workers’ protest leads to government mediation

Thailand: Sugar exports jump to record high

UK: Napier Brown accuses British Sugar of anti-competitive practices

US: Sugar tycoon Alfonso Fanjul now open to investing in Cuba under ‘right circumstances’

US: Soft lobbying war between sugar and corn syrup

January 2014

Australia: Uniting Church wants answers from ANZ over Cambodian sugar plantation

Myanmar: Coca-Cola’s Report a Model for Others?

Swaziland: Ubombo Sugar to sell over 200 plots to its employees

UK: Politicians should stand up to the sugar lobby

December 2013

US: Sugar’s sweet political deal in Congress

November 2013

Brazil: The trouble with Big Sugar

India: Sugar politics turns bitter in Uttar Pradesh

India: Protests over farmer’s suicide and sugar cane prices

October 2013

India: Sugar turning sour for farmers, mill owners

South Africa: Sugar barons tariff demands

Trindidad & Tobago: Former workers get land leases

US: Coke, Pepsi Sugar Supplies Tied to Global Land Grabs and Conflict

September 2013

Cambodia: Sugar industry highlights conflicts over trade pact and land

Indonesia: Accident at Redjosari sugar plant kills five workers

Sierra Leone: Biofuel project funded by UK’s DFID ’leaves Africans without food’

Nicaragua: World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concern about kidney disease

August 2013

Jamaica: Labour Ministry intervenes in sugar workers impasse

Costa Rica: Epidemic of kidney failure in sugar industry workers

South Africa: Jobs fund boost for small sugar farmers

India: Sugar mills owe Rs 5,800 cr to cane farmers

India: Sugar mills eye investment in Mozambique, Kenya

July 2013

Belize: BWU and UK’s GMB agree to strengthen solidarity links

Fiji: Sugar workers contemplate strike over wages

UK: Tate & Lyle sugar supplier accused over child labour

UK: Farmers accuse British Sugar of bullying and intimidation

Guatemala: Sugar cane land rush anything but sweet for corn farmers

Trinidad: Caroni workers still waiting for their severance package ten years later

June 2013

Cambodia: Asian sugar giant accused of human rights abuses

Swaziland: SAPAWU signs agreement at Ubombo Sugar Ltd.

May 2013

Mozambique: Smallholders’ last stand against sugarcane land grab

Pakistan: Non-payment of sugarcane by mills

USA: Florida legislators sweeten bill for sugar industry

Zimbabwe: Sugar cane farmers cry foul

April 2013

Honduras: SABMiller’s sugar company Azunosa landgrab with alleged plans to kill

Cambodia: Farmers launch action against Tate & Lyle

Jamaica: Redundancy clouds loom over sugar workers

USA: Lockout ends at American Crystal Sugar

Kenya: Trans Mara sugar workers down tools

India: Sugarcane irrigation linked to drought in Maharashtra

March 2013

Colombia: Women Sugar Cane Cutters Committee fight injustice and poverty

Sierra Leone: Farmers Evicted for Sugarcane Biofuel Plantations

February 2013

UK: British sugar giant caught in global tax scandal

January 2013

Brazil: Murder of landless workers’ leader in sugarcane plantation

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