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Charter Principles 2015 key facts
1. Finance
  • US$355,167 in medium-term financing
  • US$12,156 in long-term financing
2. Improved yield       
  • 11,976 farmers trained on Good Agricultural Practices
  • 80 demonstration plots established for practical learning sessions and the testing of more productive and resilient sugar varieties
3. Labour practices
  • 12,614 farmers trained on good labour practices
4. Market access
  • 889,336 tonnes from 18,529 hectares
5. Quality
  • The partnership also aims to develop the market for sustainable sugarcane, to train and support the mills and producers for certification for the Bonsucro standard – the first global metric standard for sugarcane.
6. Traceability
  • Tonnage is 100% traceable
7. Social and infrastructure investment
  • Primary school constructed and temple repaired
  • Road repairs
  • Achieved 40% mechanisation which reduced harvesting times and labour costs (and risks) from 15-20 days per hectare to just 1 day per hectare. Machines have been purchased by the programme partners, then loaned to micro-entrepreneurs who harvest the crop under contract.
8. Environmental impact
  • 17,409 farmers trained on irrigation techniques, as well as trash mulching (using the old dried leaves of previous crops to cover the soil), green manure and composting to improve soil quality and water retention.
  • 45% increase in farmers using drip irrigation, furrow irrigation and trash mulching compared to 2012
  • Trash mulching has reduced irrigation needs by around 28%
  • 3,125 farmers now use smart irrigation and water efficiency management programmes
  • Over 15 billion litres of irrigation water have been saved in the last season

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