2011 ISO MECAS Studies
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The ISO has prepared an updated international survey on agricultural and industrial yields, as well as prices paid for sugar crops in a wide range of producing countries during the period between 2001/02 and 2009/10.
A review of the developments in sugar crop volumes and yields shows that in spite of distortions imposed by national sugar regimes and protectionist policies, the world sugar economy keeps developing in accordance with economic theory.
This paper is the first ISO document to quantify the evolution of sugar beet/cane input costs. As such, the paper assesses the world dynamics of prices of variable farming inputs like seed cane/ beet seeds, fertilizers, pesticides (comprising insecticides, fungicides and herbicides), cane machinery and harvesting costs, transportation fuel, land rented or purchased as well as indicative interest rates on cane/beet farming loans for a representative sample covering over 70% of world cane and beet production between 2005 and 2010.
Thailand took the global sugar market by surprise in early 2011 when it became known that the country would deliver a record sugarcane crop allowing much higher sugar production and exports than originally anticipated.
In this study recent developments and key drivers of Thailand's sugar and ethanol complex are identified and assessed and projections of production, consumption and exportable surplus are prepared to the year 2018/19.
This is the first ISO paper ever to provide in-depth analysis into sugar and ethanol developments in South America excluding Brazil– the SAEB region.
This paper has the objective of assessing the recent developments and outlook in sugar production and consumption in the SAEB region, including the dynamics of the regional caloric and non-caloric sweeteners market compared to sugar, in order to ascertain the future role of the region in the world sugar trade.
This study also presents the latest developments on fuel ethanol, including ethanol pricing and production quotas, as well as cogeneration from the cane bagasse in the region.
A tight global sugar market balance over the past 2 years has put global and national sugar markets under extreme pressure, resulting in extremely high sugar prices.
This survey focuses on how governments have responded to high sugar prices: significant sugar trade policy related reactions to high world market and domestic sugar prices over the past two years are identified and analysed, as well as the spawning of new Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)– in particular Free trade Agreements (FTAs) – due to the lack of progress of the WTO Doha Round.
There are fast growing niche markets for sugar and sugar derivatives, production and handling of which throughout the whole supply chain meets more rigid and demanding environmental and social standards.
The paper discusses the market for organic, Fairtrade and sustainable sugar as niche products and the international certification programmes setting standards for these.