Trade and markets
 

Fourth FAO sugar conference

Nadi, Fiji, 21 - 23 Aug 2012

Sugar is one of the most important agricultural commodity traded internationally. The annual value of world trade exceeds USD 24 billion, of which developing countries account for more than 80 percent. Sugar exports generate significant earnings for many countries and the commodity provides a low-cost source of energy, thus contributing to nutrition and food security. The world sugar economy is beset by complex problems affecting both developed and developing countries as national policies strongly affect production, consumption and trade prospects.

In order to meet these challenges, the FAO is organising a conference, hosted by the Government of Fiji, to address these topical issues and discus the changing economic and political environment in major sugar producing and consuming countries. The conference will offer a venue for policy makers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders, to explore and formulate strategies to meet the challenges facing the world sugar market.   

Objectives of the conference
• to review recent sugar policy developments and their impact on the sub-sector, and recommend reforms required to adapt to the new challenges;
• to analyse trade and markets;
• to review technological developments in the sub-sector and examine ways to optimise transfer of these technologies;
• to analyse the socio-economic costs and benefits of recent developments (technological, investments, competitiveness) affecting the livelihood of farmers (particularly smallholders who make up the bulk of developing country growers); and
• to analyse investment levels and their impact on the sub-sector.

Presentations

pdf

The Fiji Sugar Industry - Governments response to the crisis and vision for the future of the Industry
Mr Manasa Vaniqi, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sugar 

pdf

Market opportunities and challenges (trade perspective): Mr John Ireland Czarnikow Group

pdf

ACP perspective on the implementation of EPA/EBA sugar arrangements - Mr Nidhen Singh, Chairperson ACP Sugar Working Group

pdf

The interaction between the European Union's Domestic Policy for Sugar and its imports of sugar from the ACP and least developed countries – Mr David Roberts, Former Sugar Policy Analyst of the European Commission

pdf

Brazil: Enabling environment to sustain its premier position in the World Sugar Economy
Mr Alexandre Barros, Professor of Economics, Recife University, Brazil

pdf

Impact of Thai Sugar Policy on the world sugar economy – Mr Rangsit Hiangrat, Director Cane and Sugar Policy Bureau, Office of the Cane and Sugar Board

pdf

The Fiji Sugar Corporation: Its problems challenges and future prospects – Mr Abdul Khan, Chairman Fiji Sugar Corporation

pdf

EU Commission CAP Reform Proposals: A threat to ACP suppliers and EU cane refiners?
Mr Ian Bacon, President, Tate & Lyle Sugars

pdf 

The causes and effects of the low adoption rate of technology in sugar cane production
Mr Alcides Leao, Professor of Science and Technology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

pdf

Strategic policies to enhance smallholder livelihood - Amrouk el Mamoun, FAO

pdf

Impact of Australian Sugar Policy on the World Sugar Economy - Peter Breguet

pdf

Structural changes in the Sugar Market and implications for sugarcane smallholders: Determinants of revenue growth in sugar sector: FAO case studies in Ethiopia and Tanzania - Manitra Rakotoarisoa

pdf

Overview of sugar policies and market outlook - Kaison Chang, FAO

pdf

India's sugar policy and the world sugar economy

Contact

All enquiries concerning the conference may be addressed to:

Mr Timothy Brown
Secretary, Organizing Committee
P O Box 5123 Lautoka, Fiji

Tel: (679) 6666900
Fax: (679) 666352


Mr Kaison Chang
Senior Economist
FAO Trade and Markets
Tel: (06) 570 54346

Documents