Market Analysis

Untapping the Potential of the Sugarcane Sector in India

January 22, 2023

Women are key in the sugarcane industry and have an untapped potential to contribute to the growth of the sector. IFC MAS Advisory worked with DCM Shriram and Olam India to narrow the gap in access to training for sustainable climate practices and support farmers—men and women—in water management, soil health, and climate resilient agriculture practices.

The companies are ideal partners considering their potential to scale the initiative. DCM Shriram Sugar Mills runs four sugar mills located in Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest and most disadvantaged districts in the country. It covers more than 100,000 Ha and employs 200,000 farmers. Olam India, a leading food and agribusiness, runs two sugar mills in Bharwani (Madhya Pradesh) and Rajgoli (Maharashtra) covering more than 20,000 Ha and employing 57,000 farmers.


  • Gender-smart Solutions to Untap the Potential of the Sugarcane Industry
  • Opportunities Arise for Women Entrepreneurs

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