International Sugar Journal

Using production-cost analysis to understand the competitiveness of sugarcane production: a comparison among Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa and Brazil* [Full subscriber]

Abstract The liberalization of sugar markets, along with lower logistic costs, has led to higher competition among sugar exporters. Understanding the differences in production systems and costs helps to identify competitive advantages and to understand future trends in the sugarcane production sector. The agri benchmark typical farm approach was used to analyze production systems and calculate sugarcane production costs of typical farms in Thailand, South Africa, Vietnam and Brazil. To ensure international comparability, the data was collected by national partners in an internationally consistent manner through focus-group discussions. The groups were composed of growers, extension agents and consultants, for the…

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