Why are Cambodia's sugar cane producers being honoured?

    by David Pred, Inclusive Development International and Eang Vuthy, Equitable Cambodia
    Wednesday, 22 June 2016 17:05 BST

A worker chops sugar cane on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia June 3, 2016. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

The world’s largest organisation promoting sustainable sugar, Bonsucro, hopes to repair its damaged reputation, after it gave a top award to a company linked to violent land expropriations in Cambodia. 

But to do so it must demonstrate its independence and enforce its own ideals and standards, writes David Pred, Inclusive Development International. 

The growth of the Cambodian sugar industry has been catastrophic for the country’s poor, Pred says. Bonsucro must send the message that "it is finally beginning to get serious about ethical sugar production, and it is not in the business of scrubbing the blood and suffering from sugar grown on stolen land."

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