From Tobacco to Food Production : Consolidation, Dissemination and Policy (Bangladesh)

Bangladesh is a signatory to the World Health Organization's global health treaty on tobacco control, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The FCTC is the world's first public health treaty. While much of the government's focus is on addressing consumption issues, tobacco production is also a concern and the government has made a commitment to facilitating the transition out of tobacco farming. Indeed, many farmers have recognized the severe ecological, social, economic and health impacts of tobacco production. An earlier IDRC-supported project, 103435 From Tobacco to Food Production : Constraints and Transition Strategies (Bangladesh), provided a detailed understanding of the constraints tobacco farmers face and demonstrated a number of viable alternatives to tobacco production.

This project will confirm the technical and economic feasibility of these alternatives, assess key occupational hazards related to tobacco farming and disseminate the results in ways that can inform farmer decision-making and government policy and program initiatives. The primary users of the results will be farming communities, nongovernmental and governmental extension services and advocates for a tobacco-free Bangladesh.

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Start Date

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

End Date

Friday, April 1, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Leppan, Wardie

Total funding

CA$ 375,000


Bangladesh, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Akhter, Farida



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