16th May 2018
We’re pleased to welcome Ruth Ascensio to the Bonsucro team as we strengthen our presence in Mexico. Under the framework of the Enhancing Livelihood Fund, which is funded by Unilever and Oxfam, Ruth is developing for a feasibility study and engagement activities with Mexican mills to undertake the first steps on sustainability in the sugarcane sector.
The principal objective of the study is to evaluate whether the existing Sugarcane Quality Committees (SQC) can be empowered to become agents for access to information, finance and technical support for farmers, and involve them in monitoring and improving labour conditions. Today, the SQCs mainly represent farmers in price negotiations. This project will evaluate whether the network of SQCs can play a wider role to support farmers in improving conditions and farm yields, rather than just playing a negotiation role.
The Feasibility Study will run from February to May 2018, and consists of the following elements:
- Assessment of barriers that field workers and farmers face in the value chain
- Gender analysis
- Procurement audit
- Compliance check with Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Strategy
- iAn Risk Assessment
- Customisation and integration of farmers feedback mechanism via the Ulula Platform
Ruth’s career in the sugarcane sector began in 2012 at AZUNOSA (Bonsucro member and the first Bonsucro certified mill in Honduras), as an advisor for the management systems, where she had worked on the implementation of processes and best practices in all activities at a farm and mill level. Ruth received Bonsucro training in September 2016, and became a certified Bonsucro Auditor.
Want to know more?
If you’d like to know more about the study, get in touch with Ruth.