Sugar crash: How EU reform is endangering the livelihoods of small farmers

Published: 28 Feb 2015


An end to the European Union’s quota system for ACP countries could push 200,000 people into poverty by 2020. For many of these people dependent on income from sugar, the end of quotas combined with falling sugar prices could create a dire situation.

Fairtrade is calling on the EU to convene and lead an initiative that brings together government, business and civil society, to jointly fund and deliver programmes to support sugar cane farming communities through this difficult period.

Shoppers can play their part, by standing by the sugar farmers that have been failed by politics, and show their support by choosing Fairtrade sugar – or cane sugar from developing countries.