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Working Conditions in the Sugarcane Industry in Central America

Fairfood International has published an issue briefing describing working conditions affecting sugar cane workers in Nicaragua.

Fairfood International has published an issue briefing describing working conditions affecting sugar cane workers in Nicaragua. Entitled Treat them Sweet: Working Conditions in Central American Sugarcane Industry, the briefing is based on a longer report written by the Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen (CIDIN).  This in turn is based on literature reviews and field research and identifies ten so-called ‘vignettes' on food ‘hotspots', - places where food is being produced under questionable social and environmental conditions. Author Prof. dr. P. Hoebink also describes working occupational health hazards in the sugarcane industry in Nicaragua.

You can read Fairfood International’s issue briefing Treat them Sweet: Working Conditions in Central American Sugarcane Industry, here

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Fairfood International, 2014, Treat them sweet - Working Conditions in Central American Sugarcane Industry.

For the full CIDIN report, see here

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Prof. dr. Paul Hoebink, 2014 Sugar from Nicaragua, Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen (CIDIN), Radboud University Nijmegen

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