Consultation launched on Smallholder Standard & Calculator

29th January 2018

Bonsucro is pleased to launch a public consultation on the draft Smallholder Standard and Calculator and invites you to participate!

Smallholder farmers have an incredibly important role in cane production globally and the farms are in many unique environments. Bonsucro has worked with members to develop a draft standard and calculator to be applicable for smallholder farmers to use for improving sustainability practices as well as apply for Bonsucro Certification. The Bonsucro Production Standard and Calculator for Smallholder Farmers are new standards and will be used in addition to the current Bonsucro Production Standard and Bonsucro Calculator.

The review of the Bonsucro Production Standard in the smallholder context included the following:

  • Participation from 50+ members and stakeholders in online consultations
  • Workshops at Bonsucro Technical Week in Mexico, India, and Thailand
  • On-farm visits for smallholder feedback in India, Brazil, Thailand, and Mexico
  • Input and leadership from the Smallholder Steering Committee

As a full member of ISEAL, we have conducted this process in line with the ISEAL Standard Setting Code for Good Practice, you can read more about the development process here.

Draft Bonsucro Standard and Calculator for Smallholder Farmers

Participate in the Consultation:

Bonsucro & Renovabio: Exploring synergies and advancing GHG reduction in Brazil

Project partners: Earth innovation Institute and Agroicone
Project length: 12 months Budget: $22,347,79
Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals:

RenovaBio is a Brazilian biofuel policy designed to decrease Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2029 [compared to 2018], in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. It aims to do this by incentivising fuel distributors to blend more biofuels into their products. RenovaBio has established a certification scheme for biofuel, towards which Brazilian sugarcane mills are working, that will enable them to trade decarbonisation credits on the Brazilian stock exchange.

Bonsucro continuously seeks to grow awareness and adoption of its standard. In Brazil, this can be achieved by aligning its framework with RenovaBio to optimise costs and time for mills. In 2019, Bonsucro received a grant of US $22,000 from the Earth Innovation Institute to provide a common understanding of how RenovaBio works and how other regions might benefit from this approach.

Bonsucro addressed the topic at Bonsucro Global Week in Bangkok in March 2019, and through three stakeholder forums in Brazil. The Bonsucro team also commissioned a technical comparison study, which enabled the organisation to understand how best to align with RenovaBio’s requirements.

The study has been shared with key stakeholders in Brazil and the project is now complete. Bonsucro is working to incorporate the study’s findings and recommendations through its ongoing Production Standard Revision process.

By aligning opportunities of optimisation, joint work and integration with the Brazilian Government and reflecting it in the Bonsucro Standard, Bonsucro can help to ensure that more producers adopt sustainability standards like Bonsucro.