Promoting sustainable sugarcane production in Negros Occidental
In the Philippine province of Negros Occidental, we have been working with three sugar mills on a landscape wide approach to addressing issues such as child labour, health and safety and the practice of burning among the mills’ smallholder supply base.
The work draws from the Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders (RSS) framework we developed as part of the SHARP Partnership. It’s funded by Nestlé and American Sugar Refining (ASR), and is coordinated by SIFI, the Philippine Sugar Industry Foundation.
We are confident that this work will help to secure local livelihoods. Since its launch in 2016, smallholder farmers have been trained on sustainable cultivation practices, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and techniques to improve yield and productivity. And community engagement has raised awareness of child rights and introduced alternative livelihood options, such as selling rice and organic vegetable farming.