To be a strategic partner for the sugar industry in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, with the goal of becoming a sustainable industry by 2025, respecting people, the planet, and future generations.
To be a link between the stakeholders all along the production value chain, supporting the development of good agricultural and industrial practices, promoting sustainability and the continuous improvement of the economic, social, and environmental pillars in the production and processing of sugarcane in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Solidaridad is an international civil society organization that manages and implements the PanAmericaña Program that promotes the implementation of better agricultural practices. It seeks to facilitate producer training processes and the management of multi-stakeholder platforms interested in achieving high sustainability standards.
Solidaridad´s "Ambition 2020" strategic plan seeks to facilitate continuous improvement processes to implement innovations focused on sugarcane producers and sugar mills, enable robust infrastructure, optimize landscape functions, stimulate communication bridges and multi-stakeholder dialogue and involve the global market to reach a productive, competitive and inclusive sector with high sustainability standards.
How we got here?
Sugarcane production represents an important and long-standing socio-economic activity for rural development in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. There are corporate groups in each of these countries with private capital. Cane is supplied to sugar mills by Independent producers who own and manage plantations, as well as by associations or cooperatives of sugarcane growers. Field operations with producers in the supply chain are variable in each country and, at the same time, challenging for the implementation of good practices, in comparison with the operations of the mill or sugar and derivatives factory.
As of 2013, PanameriCaña has promoted the BONSUCRO standard as a tool that increases the sustainability of the industry in the region, through the implementation and adoption of good agricultural, environmental and social practices (in the field and in the factory).
The objective of the Program is to improve current production systems towards sustainable production in order to add value to the sugar cane chain through the generation of local capacities, support for technical assistance to small-scale farmers, advice to improve conditions of occupational health and safety of workers, implementation and promotion of more sustainable agricultural, environmental and social practices, as well as improvements to the management systems of the agroindustry.
Cooperating relationships with local producer organizations is based on direct participation through contributions, and through partnerships with other organizations specializing in environmental, agricultural (precision agriculture) and labor issues. Each project has a shared financing according to a budget based on the needs of each group of producers and the sustainability strategy towards certification according to the standards and indicators established for each product. In cases where certification is not required, the standard is used as a tool to be observed in order to achieve sustainability indicators and potentialize them for future certification.