economic: building rural economies

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how we help to build sustainable agricultural and rural economies

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global mind

As a global business with one foot in the worlds of both food and agriculture, our operating model depends on creating social economic impact and sustainable agriculture. 

Our international footprint sees us support over 25,000 growers worldwide, meaning food security and safety are perennial concerns for us while urbanisation remains a growing threat to rural economies. 

We strive to unlock the barriers to the growth of these economies, discard outdated ways of working, improve productivity and create a more modern sugar industry. 

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our priorities

Promoting sustainable agriculture

Across our businesses, we engage with growers and others in our supply chain to focus on producing sugar as efficiently and responsibly as possible; improving yield, creating more from less for farmers and developing robust and productive crops year-on-year. 

Creating social economic impact

We are committed to social and economic investment within the local communities where we operate. Whether in southern Africa, Europe or China, we work towards benefitting not only the 32,000 people we directly employ but also the local growers we work with and their communities. 


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some of our 

recent achievements

supporting more than 14,000 growers in southern Africa to farm 60% of Illovo's cane supply 

contributed to rural poverty alleviation in north China's sugar beet farmers 

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