Sugar cane - subsidies and fair trade
Unfair market for small-scale farmers
|High tariffs on sugar coming from developing nations are very damaging to local sugar farmers and producers.|
This has a big impact on the price of sugar worldwide, which is very damaging to the incomes of small-scale sugar farmers in developing countries. According to Oxfam, this led to foreign exchange losses in the region of 60 million US dollars for India in 2002.
Recently, the World Health Organization has called for the European Union to help make the global sugar market fairer, by changing its subsidy regime and abolishing its large tariffs on imported sugar. This would enable developing countries have more of an opportunity to sell their cane sugar to the European market.