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The Southern African Sugar Sector

PERISA Case Study 3 on Private Sector

August 2013

Wood, C. 2013. The Southern African sugar sector. (PERISA Case Study 3: Private Sector). Johannesburg, Maastricht: SAIIA, ECDPM.

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The sugar industry has the potential to play a key developmental role in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The SADC bloc accounts for approximately 54% of total African sugar production. Beyond its economic importance and success in the region, the sugar industry ticks many of the boxes of the most difficult development challenges: playing to comparative advantages; diversification (energy and bio-chemicals); benefiting small nations; and employing many workers, including low-skilled workers and those in rural areas.

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Cross-cutting TopicsEconomic Transformation and TradeFood SecurityPolitical Economy AnalysisRegional IntegrationThe Role of the Private Sector in Agriculture and Food SecurityResearch reportsResearchPolitical Economy of Regional Integration in Southern Africa (PERISA)Private sectorSouthern African Development Community (SADC)Southern Africa

External authors

Christopher Wood

South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)