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. When they lose their land they often lose their homes and their main source of food and income. 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, Nestlé, 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.


John Abdulla

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