- Overall, the project aims to mitigate the economic and social impacts of the sugar restructuring programme by supporting and promoting income generating activities for the most vulnerable populations in the sugar region.
- The project specifically aims to reduce the social, economic and environmental vulnerability of farmers and mill workers impacted by the sugar reforms, through improving the condition of cane access roads and associated infrastructure.
- 1,857 cane growers and their families whose livelihoods rely on sugarcane in the selected sugar sectors.
- Upstream communities and iTaukei villagers who use these roads to bring their produce to urban centres for trade.
- 1,368 households in Koronubu; 2,270 households in Malolo and 2,200 households in Drasa, including people on small freehold land whose livelihoods depend on farming.
- Farmers who have extended their sugarcane leases but need additional incomes to sustain their livelihoods.
- Farmers and their families whose leases have been renewed and who are willing to move into alternative off-farm livelihood opportunities.
- Cane cutters, lorry operators and their families whose lives are based on demands derived from farmers’ activities.
- Improved watershed management in three specific sugarcane sectors through rehabilitation and maintenance of cane access roads and improved rural infrastructure.
- Increased community/household income through community inclusion in the rehabilitation and maintenance of cane access roads, including associated rural infrastructure and transport systems.
- Establishment of a road maintenance system.
Upgraded roads and drainage systems bring hope to sugarcane farming communitiesWeb Story 30 January 2018
Cane access road upgrades benefit sugar farmers by reducing travelling timeWeb Story 21 June 2017