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SUCAM was established in 2001, registering as a Trust in 2007. It brings together sugarcane farmers, NGOs and professionals in the sugar sub-sector. Its purpose is to promote the development of a viable and efficient sugar industry that enables farmers to enjoy a life that is just, healthy and free of poverty.
SUCAM organized MPs and formed the Sugar Parliamentary Committee who supported the SUCAM position; 11 proposals were adopted when the bill became the Sugar Act 2001
In 2002, the Government of Kenya negotiation team in Lusaka used SUCAM's research to support their request for safeguard measures. SUCAM has subsequently been consulted by the COMESA secretariat when they undertake industry assessments
In 2006, SUCAM's proposals for renewable energy resulted in the provision of Blending Mandate of E10 in the Energy Act 2006 and allowed for the sale of cogenerated power to the national grid
SUCAM has advocated privatisation since 2004. This contributed to the Cabinet approval for privatisation in 2008
SUCAM is currently engaging the newly established Sugar Industry Task Force to articulate issues facing the industry and propose lasting solution(s) to ensure the sustainable growth of the sector