Nothing sweet about it: How sugar fuels land grabs

Land grabbing is a bitter secret in the sugar supply chains of some of the world's biggest food and beverage companies. Poor communities across the globe are in dispute or even being kicked off their land, without consultation or compensation, to make way for huge sugar plantations.

Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign focuses on 10 of the world's most powerful food and beverage companies : Associated British Foods (ABF), Coca - Cola, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestle, PepsiCo and Unilever.

None of these companies has adequately addressed the major risks of land grabs or conflicts over land that could be taking place within their supply chains. The three agricultural commodities which pose the greatest risk of being linked to land grabs are sugar, soy, and palm oil. Of the three, sugar uses the most land for food production.

Media Briefing: Nothing sweet about it: How sugar fuels land grabs

Publication Date: 
October 2013
Publication Author: 
Oxfam International