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Sugar is Guyana's biggest earner – bringing in tens of millions of dollars each year. It employs around 22,000 people and supports somewhere nearer 100,000.

The former colony enjoyed high prices and guaranteed access into the European Union. But action by its neighbour Brazil at the World Trade Organisation means those prices will be cut.

Guyana has pledged to make the sugar industry more competitive. Is a leaner sugar industry enough to stop mass job losses in the face of global trade shifts? Colin Smith reports.

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Panos London

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02/16/2006

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