Based on new field research the report expands on working conditions and land conflict in Malawi’s sugar industry where Illovo Sugar (Malawi) Limited, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods is the country’s only producer
As part of Landesa’s ongoing Responsible Investments in Property and Land (RIPL) Project, Landesa staff conducted, in cooperation with Illovo Sugar Ltd, a study focused on Illovo’s operations in Malawi.
Over the course of the strike against Illovo involving some 3,000 workers, union members stood up to intimidation by military and security forces and legal action by the company intended to hamper picketing.
South African group Illovo Sugar has pulled out of a 2.6 billion rand sugar project in Mali, largely due to political risk and also funding difficulties, and will focus on growth opportunities elsewhere in Africa.
In 2009 Dororthy Dyton and about 2,000 other subsistence farmers in southern Malawi’s Chikhwawa District were informed by their local chief that the land had been sold and they could no longer cultivate there.