New Smallholder Standard Nearing Completion

17th May 2018

We’re excited to let you know that, with considerable support and input from Bonsucro members and key stakeholders, the Bonsucro Production Standard and Calculator for Smallholder Farmers are in the final stages of development.

The new Standard & Calculator have been designed with the smallholder context in mind to ensure that smallholders around the world are able to contribute to the sustainable production of sugarcane.

The second round of public consultation closed with over 120 individual comments from all over the world, and three on-farm pilots with certification bodies were also held. The documents are now being reviewed by the Smallholder Steering Committee, the Technical Advisory Board and the Board of Directors.

Key features of the Smallholder Standard:

  • Farm Diary with allowances for local application and a stepwise approach to data collection for non-core indicators (Performance-based)
  • New principle on the organisation of farmers, designed to allow mills or farm groups to support smallholder farmers effectively and credibly
  • Reframing of indicators for the smallholder context (applicability to a farmer or waged workers, focus on topics in the environmental impact and management plan, and more)
The key documents can be downloaded here. We will share an announcement when the Standard has been finalised.

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.