International Sugar Journal

For a swifter path to expanding sugar production in Africa – address smuggling

While the African continent is structurally deficient in sugar, regional differences define the sugar production landscape in Africa. Sugar producers in Southern Africa generate surplus while the rest are in […]

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A level playing field in global agricultural policy: Quest for the holy grail?

I have had the honour of working for farmers my entire professional career – for all American farmers during my 15-year tenure at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, for […]

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For small and medium-sized sugar companies, the opportunity to diversify beckons

With the sugar market bullish and prices hovering in the range of 16-18 cents/lb, this is an ideal opportunity for many small and medium-sized companies to divert increased profits into […]

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Managing soil health to drive crop productivity*

There is no disputing that soil health has taken a battering over the years with the arrival of industrial agriculture. There is also no disputing that for human security, the […]

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A year into Covid-19 – the global sugar industry continues to be resilient

While the “COVID-19 has already produced catastrophic social, economic, and public health consequences, with more than 107 million documented cases and 2.3 million deaths,”1 the global sugar industry has shown […]

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Rising ethanol blending program in India will soak up surplus sugar

The Indian sugar sector used to be a wildcard in the sugar market where periodic swings in output would tip the global sugar price one way or the other. Some […]

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EU 27 + UK sugar beet sector beset by production challenges in 2020/21

After the turmoil of MYs 2018/19 and 2019/20, MY 2020/21 was expected to mark a recovery for our sector and the end of a “transition”, as the European Commission characterised […]

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After an unforgettable 2020, sugar companies need to reset a vision for the future

It goes without saying that the pandemic has been disruptive. However, sugar production in the southern hemisphere has proved resilient in the face of these difficulties, thanks to large scale […]

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Reflections on the year

While we agitate at the massive upheaval Covid-19 has had in our lives and work – not that its throes are over yet – with the end game in sight, […]

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Sugar and health: Why evidence-based science is as important now as ever

Not a day goes by without a media story somewhere around the world linking a food, or a nutrient, with health. Sometimes cheerfully (“eating chocolate may help prevent heart disease”) […]

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