In the mountainous terrain in the south of China sits the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, where more than 60 percent of the country cane sugar is produced. It's also where
Launched in 2011 in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE), the Ministry of Water Resources, and the Guangxi government, the initiative provides reliable and efficient sugarcane irrigation solutions.
“Coca-Cola is promoting sustainable agriculture and water replenishment projects globally,” said Dr. Huaying Zhang, vice president of sustainabilit,
Coca-Cola has been helping to provide safe drinking water to farmers, boosting water-use efficiency by helping to optimize rrigation facilities and methods, and promoting reuse of the treated nutrient-rich wastewater from the sugar milling process for irrigation purposes, thereby conserving water resources and increasing sugarcane yield at the same time. In addition,
“We’ve turned wastewater into nutrient-rich water for irrigation and are using drip irrigation to conserve water. Sugarcane production was increased and our incomes grew considerably," said Li Jianchao, a villager from Bayang, Jiangzhou District, Chongzuo City in Guangxi -- the site of the new project. "With access to clean drinking water, our life quality has been improved.”
The Guangxi Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative has simultaneously boosted sugarcane production and replenished an estimated 2.7 billion liters water per year for local communities. The initiative benefits more than 6,000 sugarcane farmers directly and 150,000 people in local communities indirectly, including a large number of ethnic minority women and children.
Due to success of the initial phase, and in collaboration with COFCO Tunhe Chongzuo Sugar Co.,
Water resource management and protection is a top priority for
The Guangxi Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative contributes to The
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