Adam Smith International / Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility

Risk/2 = Benefitx2 a sugar industry conundrum in Southern Africa

Thursday 01 September | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL Pillar Hall
Climate change awareness raising session. Andrew Cochrane

This event explores work done by the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility, together with Illovo Sugar, on how risks and benefits can be equitably shared between small-scale outgrowers and the private sector to enhance sustainability.  The focus will be on Mozambique with analysis also in Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia.

The sugar industry is key to the economy of Southern Africa and a number of countries in the region are dependent on sugar as the biggest contributor to export earnings. The industry is often the only source of employment in rural areas with upwards of 100,000 mainly poor outgrower households contributing to the sustainability of the industry as well as the region. Given these conditions it is clear that the sugar industry is an essential element of sustainable growth and of course water is the key to the industry whether it be the management and prevention of flooding or the provision of water for irrigation. Climate change both in terms of the increase in extreme events and the potential longer-term climate shifts is already impacting on the industry and especially on the small-scale outgrowers who have limited risk management options and adaptive capacity.


14:00 Panel discussion
Facilitator: Facilitated by Charles Reeve from CRIDF

  • Hazel Mahlalela: Poor small-scale outgrower representatives
  • Delario Sengo, ARA-Sul Mozambiue. Public Sector Representative
  • Andrew Cochrane, Illovo Sugar. Private Sector Representative

14:50 The panel discussion will be illustrated by a number of short presentations as follows

Flood Modelling and risk mapping tool
Jason Hallows, DHI

Climate Vulnerability and resilience Tool
Hannah Baleta,Pegasys

Facilitated outgrower climate change awareness raising session
Mike Ogg, RMI

Socio-economic assessment
Jonathan Barnes, CRIDF

15:30 Close of event