Agriculture, trade, health, tobacco, MALAWI:
Tobacco control convention threatens two million livelihoods

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LILONGWE - The livelihoods of about two million Malawians could be affected by the latest proposals by the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
Tobacco is Malawi’s main foreign currency earner and employs an estimated two million people.

The WHO tobacco control convention recommendations include reducing the land allocated to cultivating the crop and denying farmers the right to grow tobacco.

It also suggests regulating the seasons of the year in which tobacco farming is allowed.

The proposals will be tabled during the Fifth Session of the Conference of Parties to the Tobacco Control Convention from 12 to 17 November in South Korea. /IPS (END//2012)

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