From Tobacco to Food Production: Constraints and Transition Strategies in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the many countries that has not only signed but also ratified the world's first public health treaty, the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). While the Bangladeshi government is focusing mainly on consumption issues, it is also committed to encouraging thousands of small tobacco farmers to get out of tobacco production. Many farmers recognize the need to do so, citing severe negative ecological, social, economic and health impacts.

This project will be carried out by UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternatives) and Nayakrishi Andolon (New Agricultural Movement), with methodological support from Carleton University. Researchers will identify constraints to switching from tobacco to other land use and livelihood options at the small-farm level. And, they will design, test and disseminate appropriate strategies for doing so. The various stakeholders (farmers, local communities, policymakers, etc.) will be involved from the outset so that the transition can be sustained beyond the project period.

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Start Date

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

End Date

Monday, September 1, 2008


24 months

IDRC Officer

Leppan, Wardie

Total funding

CA$ 334,414


Bangladesh, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Farida Akhter



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