Briefing from ROAPE Volume 33 Number 109
EU Support to Family Farming: Swazi Sugar-Sector Reform
EU sugar-sector reform looks set to give a big boost to family farming in the sugar sector in Swaziland, with some 36% of the Swazi sugar industry being taken over by family farming. Unfortunately the ‘family farm’ benefiting is not one of the 5,000 Swazi smallholder sugar farmers, brought together in a growing number of farmers associations, but the family of George Weston, chief executive of Associated British Foods (ABF), which owns 55% of the company's shares. ABF is at this moment in takeover talks with Illovo, which controls 36% of sugar production in Swaziland, 100% in Malawi, 95% in Zambia, 45% in Tanzania and 22% in Mozambique.