Experts discuss implementation of Articles 17 and 18 of the WHO FCTC in New Delhi
9 September 2015 - An expert consultation on alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers and workers took place in New Delhi, India, on 30-31 July 2015. The meeting was organized by the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia in cooperation with the Convention Secretariat. The meeting was attended by experts from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, the Philippines, Thailand and Uganda, all Parties to the WHO FCTC.
The objectives of the meeting were to share information on the experience of South-East Asian countries with projects promoting alternative livelihoods to tobacco growers and workers, and develop a research agenda in this field, especially in the areas of health, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco farming.
The expert meeting recognized the successful projects on viable alternatives to tobacco growing that have been completed in Brazil, Kenya and Uganda, also noting that a limited number of pilot projects have taken place in South-East Asia.
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In addition to mapping national/regional best practices the experts also recommended more operational research to assess likely impact of full FCTC implementation on livelihood of farmers. The Convention Secretariat highlighted and promoted actions that are foreseen in the policy options and recommendations on Articles 17 and 18 adopted by the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties last October.
Experts agreed to develop a regional strategic framework with a specific road map on alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers and workers. The development of the strategic framework shall be assisted by the Regional Office, in coordination with the WHO FCTC Secretariat, and shall take into account best practices from the Region as well as other regions.