Africa will emerge as a major consumer of sugar in the coming years, which will increase its contribution to the global consumption of 10% in 2010 to 13% in 2030. The evaluation was made by British consultant Jonathan Innes, of Booker Tate, during a lecture on the opportunities and challenges of the sugar and ethanol market in Africa held on the first day of Fenasucro.
Innes spoke about the diversity within the African sugarcane industry, featured by various trade agreements and pointed some common impacts that the industry because of the sweetener in producing countries in Africa. Industry is the most important in many countries.
Only in the south of Africa there are 30 plants with total production capacity of 4.5 million tons of sugar per year, which corresponds to 3% of global sugar production.