Sugarcane value chain © R. Carayol


Sugarcane is grown in more than a hundred countries, by independent farmers and agroindustrial firms. While the sugar and rum markets have always been the prime outlets for the crop, it is increasingly the object of interest from pharmaceutical, chemical and energy firms. Farmers will have to satisfy growing, ever more diverse demand. CIRAD and its partners are therefore helping sugarcane value chains evolve and diversify.

Books and documents

  • La canne à sucre à La Réunion, Mohamed Aït-Aarab, Félix Marimoutou, Christophe Poser, Xavier Le Terrier, François-Régis Goebel, Réseau Canopé, 2022.
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of sugarcane. Volume 2: Breeding, pests and diseases, Rott Philippe (ed.), Cambridge, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, 2018, 468 p. (Burleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science, 38)
  • Sustainable development and tropical agri-chains,Estelle Biénabe, Alain Rival, Denis Loeillet (ed.), Springer, 2017
  • Sugarcane pests and diseases: Field guide (Indonesian version), Etik Achadian, Ari Kristini, Robert Magarey, Nader Sallam, Peter Samson, François-Régis Goebel, Kim Lonie, Indonesian sugar Research Institute, BSES Limited, Australian Centre for International Research, 2012
  • Status report on sugar cane agrochemicals management, Markku Lehtonen, François-Régis Goebel, Ethical Sugar, 2009
  • Le ver blanc au paradis vert, Vercambre B., 2008, CIRAD (brochure)
  • Guide de la fertilisation de la canne à sucre à la Réunion, Fillols E., Chabalier P., Cirad, MVAD, 2007
  • A guide to sugarcane diseases, Philippe Rott et al., Cirad, ISSCT, 2000.

Useful links

  • AFCAS (Association francophone de la canne à sucre)
  • Caro Canne, an e-magazine for sugarcane professionals in Réunion
  • eRcane (Institut technique sur la canne à sucre, groupe Tereos, Réunion)
  • ISSCT (International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists.

Scientific publications

See CIRAD's publications on sugarcane