Agronomy Research Expertise in Montpellier and Languedoc-Roussillon (South of France)

Agronomy : crops and cropping systems

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Changing relationships between sugarcane growers and industrial stakeholders to improve sugarcane quality

1. Ensuring top quality, high quantity production

1. Ensuring top quality, high quantity production

Manual sugarcane harvesting in South Africa. - P.Y. Le Gal © CIRAD Agroindustrial subsectors represent a significant income source for farmers in both developed and developing countries. Farmers and agroindustrial processing units interact in supply areas to manage physical flows of agricultural raw materials, information flows and incentive instruments implemented to regulate and pay for deliveries in quantitative and qualitative terms. Their relationships depend on the physical and biological characteristics of the raw material, the degree of supplier atomization and value sharing strategies between stakeholders involved in the supply chain.

CIRAD is helping industrial operators and sugarcane growers in South Africa and Réunion explore new types of relationships with the aim of increasing the total value produced within sugarcane supply areas. This support is based on the development and use of two simulation tools (MAGI® and PEMPA®). These tools, which are implemented on a supply area scale, are used to compare different strategies for managing cane flow between growers and sugar mills, and quality-based cane payment schemes. These scenarios fuel discussions between growers and industrial operators on decision making with respect to flow logistic organization, investment in production, haulage and processing capacities throughout the chain, and sharing the excess value generated by the most promising innovations.

The approach can also be used to investigate new organization strategies, including new payment systems tailored to changes in industrial products (energy production, green chemistry).

The principles could be transferred to a broad range of subsectors in which agricultural raw materials are processed (milk, oil crops, wine, etc.).


Pierre-Yves Le Gal, Caroline Lejars, & Pierre-Yves Le Gal,

Publication date: 30/05/2010




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