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Sweet Land or Sweat Land: Two Proposals for Facilitating Access to Land and Adjustment to Eroding EU Sugar Preferences in Fiji

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Contributors: Chand, S.
© Satish Chand 2004

This paper argues that the resolution of problems with land lease renewals in the sugarcane districts of Fiji has ramifications for private investment and growth in the entire economy. It notes that the impending withdrawal of subsidies to sugar as world trade is liberalized has increased the urgency of finding solutions to these problems. The paper articulates that there is a need to facilitate the long-term challenge of enabling access to land and helping the people out during their adjustment phase as the sugar subsidies are removed gradually. The paper recommends that. The aid implicit in sugar subsidies from the EU should be "decoupled from production" and provided in a lump sum. This amount could then be used to purchase the sugarcane supply-contracts from the smallholder sector. A similar mechanism could be used to rationalize the milling sector by paying off workers made redundant from the rationalization of the industry.

Author(s): Chand, S.

Publication Date: 2004

Location: Fiji

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