Update: Draft Bonsucro Production Standard & Calculator for Smallholder Farmers

10th April 2018

Smallholders are a hugely important part of sugarcane production and present high potential for impact, and the development of Bonsucro’s new Smallholder Standard & Calculator is well underway.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during the first round of consultation – we received over 120 comments with participation from more than 60 members and stakeholders.

We’re now pleased to launch the second round of public consultation on the Smallholder Standard.

Consultation – Second Round

The Standard and Calculator drafts have now been updated:

Find more information on the process by visiting our Standards Development webpage.

The comments received during the first round of consultation have been anonymised and posted on the Standards Development page, along with a summary of responses and how they were included in the next draft. On-farm pilots have been carried out and will continue in key geographies through the second round of consultation.

Please send any feedback to Sonia@bonsucro.com. The second round of consultation closes on 9th May.

Key changes in the second draft:

  • Compliance scoring: This has been added to the group calculator. The compliance will be determined at a group level, but individual farmers (or another data collection system) must complete the “Farm Diary”. Two tabs have been added to the calculator: results and calculations so it is still possible to track how calculations were done. The Farm Diary has been reorganised to follow the flow of production activities in the farm.
  • Smallholder farmer definition: Now the definition includes a provision for farms that are over 25 hectares but still with similar production processes (number of workers or mechanisation) as long as the group average is under 25.
  • Principle 7: Key changes have been added to Principle 7 clarifying requirements on the group’s ability to ensure continued compliance of core indicators and internal inspection
  • Requirements in Principle 2 on labour: These now apply to anyone doing work on the unit of certification with relevant exceptions on two indicators that are required specifically for hired labour.

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.