Fairtrade sweetens SA sugar industry
After the South African Fairtrade Sugar Project launched in 2014, the first Fairtrade certified crop of cane sugar became available in December 2015.
Fairtrade South Africa has, with the support of the Dutch organisation “Interchurch Cooperative for Development Cooperation (ICCO), successfully capacitated 230 KwaZulu-Natal small-scale sugar farmers in becoming Fairtrade certified. The individual small-scale farmers have collectively formed two co-operatives: Sakh’okuhle Farmers Primary Cooperative Limited and Inzwakhele Trading Enterprise Primary Cooperative Limited, and together they are expected to initially produce in excess of 1,000 metric tons of Fairtrade Sugar per annum.
This is the first time Fairtrade Sugar has been produced in South Africa.
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