Type: Chapter

The Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative


Biksham Gujja


U. S. Natarajan


Norman Uphoff

Cornell University

Publication date:

11 December 2017

ID: 9781786761446-003

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With ever-growing demands for sugar and difficulties in expanding cane area to meet such demands, increasing cane productivity per unit area, but with a reduced ecological footprint, has become imperative. The Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) addresses these concerns. This chapter describes the origins of SSI, its basic principles and the significance of tillering architecture, as well as giving an account of SSI field trials in India. The chapter outlines the expansion of SSI to Africa and Latin America and looks ahead to future challenges and developments in this area.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Origins of the Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI)
3 Basic principles of SSI
4 Tillering architecture and SSI
5 Field trials of SSI in India
6 Overview of Indian experience
7 SSI in Africa and Latin America
8 Future trends and conclusion
9 Where to look for further information
10 References