MECAS(13)05 – Future Role of Sub-Saharan Africa in World Sugar and Sugar Crop Renewable Energy – English

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Publisher: International Sugar Organisation
Format: digital download (PDF), 11.7” × 16.5”
Pages: 64
Publication date: June 2013
Languages: English*


Whilst presently having a relatively small role in the world sugar economy, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) holds substantial potential for future expansion and for diversification into renewable energy (ethanol and cogeneration from sugarcane bagasse). The region encompassing 43 countries is characterized by great diversity in terms of agro-climatic conditions, sugar production systems, size, ownership structures and market outlets. This is the first ISO paper to provide in-depth analysis into current and prospective sugar developments in SSA, which can be further sub-divided into its key geopolitical sub-groupings: Southern Africa, East Africa, Central Africa and West Africa. SSA is a sugar deficit region and the level of self sufficiency has deteriorated over the past decade. Production has been stagnant whilst consumption has risen strongly. Even so, several industries have expanded targeting specific market opportunities arising from key trade agreements within SSA and to capture perceived opportunities under preferential trade arrangements with the EU under the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and the Everything but Arms initiative (EBA).

This study assesses the potential for sugar production to rise to satisfy or exceed projected increases in regional sugar demand and the extent of any surplus - particularly in Southern and Eastern Africa - which can be exported elsewhere in SSA, to the EU under preferential arrangements and to the world free market. Similarly, in the deficit regions of Central and West Africa how far may import demand shrink?


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