Sugarcane production in Africa is an important activity and employ's an estimated six million people. Given these contributions, any factor affecting the industry has an impact on the overall economy. With a relatively low adaptive capacity and poor forecasting systems and mitigation strategies, sugarcane farming is anticipated to be significantly impacted and vulnerable to climate change impacts, such as droughts, floods and extreme weather events. Additionally, the cultivation of sugarcane entails its risks of negative environmental impacts, including damage to land quality and biodiversity through overuse of fertilizers and pesticides and increases the pressure on potentially scarce water resources.
Climate change is not the only challenge the farmers are facing; access to electricity and irrigation, as well as social and business issues, like poor governance, management capacity and unsteady sugar prices, have to be tackled. In general, there is not only a lack of knowledge about the environmental impacts of climate change but also about sugar cane business developments. To improve the climate resilience of sugarcane growers and reduce the associated business risks, taking their climate-related risks into account, a partnership between the Climate Resilience Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF)1 and Illovo Sugar was developed.
SEED, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Based in Western Uganda, the Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment (YICE) is an eco-inclusive enterprise that provides a variety of agricultural services to smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods.
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Forest cover in sub-Saharan Africa declined by nearly 10 per cent between 2000 and 2010. Of this loss, 75 per cent was caused by the conversion of forest to agriculture, largely for food production to serve rapidly growing domestic food demand.