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The sugar sector plays a crucial role in the Mozambican economy, serving predominantly as the country’s largest industrial employer. Its role entails not only prestige but also responsibility for sustainable development and environmental preservation in the communities where the companies operate.

It is in this vein that the sugar industry has committed itself to active involvement in the communities in which it operates, to build lasting partnerships and ensure that the benefits of its success are shared inclusively and equitably through social and environmental responsibility actions that focus mainly on the following areas:

Health – contributing to the development of a better health system, with precise attention to the health care of women, young people, and children in vulnerable situations, implementing the following actions:

  • Supporting the maintenance of the doctor’s residence at the hospital in the area that includes the sugar mill.

  • Supporting the maintenance of the rural hospital, which lies in the jurisdiction that includes the sugar mill.
  • Investing in land and collecting seeds to plant indigenous and medicinal plants as an alternative to expensive medicines.

  • Installation of an Isolation Centre at the Hospital in the jurisdiction that includes the sugar factory to prevent and combat COVID-19.

  • Help with water and energy supply, as well as infrastructure maintenance, is necessary for the operation of this health unit.

  • Distribution of support kits for the control and prevention of COVID-19  to the districts where the sugar mill operates.

Education – in education, the sugar industry has focused on supporting the building of school infrastructure, namely: new classrooms, accommodation for teachers and funding for the maintenance of school infrastructure.

  • Equipping schools with technological equipment such as computer.
  • Support for school supplies, including folders and sports equipment for children in the surrounding areas.
  • Training students in vocational courses such as electricity, industrial mechanics, locksmithing and agriculture.

Environmental protection – contributing directly to:

  • Supporting the water and sanitation component of the environment

    Rehabilitation of the drainage system.

    Economic development: -support and assistance in implementing:
  • Installation of containers for depositing household waste placed alongside public roads.

Other initiatives

  • Routine maintenance of the dams used by the local population to water their livestock,
  • Maintenance of community recreational soccer fields
  • Distribution of enriched instant porridge to local communities.
  • Supply of electricity to the villages surrounding the sugar plantations.
  • Training of young activists in road accident prevention with the children who pull the cane on the transport tracks.

APAMO, and all the players in the sugar industry in Mozambique recognize and assume that the search for sustainable development is not an option, but a commitment aimed at ensuring that  future generations can enjoy a healthy environment and a just society.