International Sugar Journal

Tenure risk in the African sugar sector can cause companies to lose up to US$100 million [Full subscriber]

Abstract Africa faces structural deficiencies in the sugar sector. There is a great deal of investment interest in sugar across the continent. However, the issues of land tenure, relocation and compensation for farmers are of great concern, from both a financial and reputational perspective. Almost half of all land disputes (46%) between sugar companies and local communities across Africa last for more than ten years, new research from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and TMP Systems has found. The research finds that these land disputes in the African sugar sector often cause long and costly delays. Half of these decade-plus…

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