Farmer's Voice

News - 06/07/2014

Lurking dangers of the Golden leaf

THERE is a lot of high-flying and back-patting particularly in the tobacco industry. The feat achieved in the past 14 years - of which 10 years were poisoned by a withering onslaught from the United States of America and the European Union bloc - is nothing short of phenomenal....(The Sunday Mail 6/7)


News - 06/07/2014

Activist Pool common position on Tobacco

AS the clock winds down to the October meeting of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control(FCTC) - a grouping of countries and bodies that intend to limit the trade in tobacco and eventually ban it - lobbyists are ratcheting up the pressure to forestall proposals that are likely to negatively affect the lucrative sector...  (The Sunday Mail 6/7)

News - 04/07/2014

Farmers want their voices heard

Tobacco farmers from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and South Africa met in Harare, Zimbabwe, over the past three days to discuss issues that will have a major impact on their livelihoods...  (UK Zambias 4/7)

Video - 04/07/2014

CCTV Interview to Francois van der Merwe

Farmers are concern that they are being excluded from deliberations

Note: interview starts at 13.06

News - 04/07/2014

Interview to Francois van der Merwe Tobacco Farmers want their voices heard

Representatives of tobacco growers across the continent have called on governments to include them in policy discussions that will have a direct impact on their lives. Francois van der Merwe, CEO of the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa joins CNBC Africa to explain more... (CNBCAFRICA 04/07)

News - 02/07/2014

Africa economy: Tobacco Growers Appeal for inclusion in WHO meetings

HARARE, July 2 (Xinhua) -- A body representing more than 3 million tobacco growers in the world on Wednesday urged a World Health Organization (WHO)-initiated treaty to engage growers when it develop polices that will have huge impact on their livelihood....  (Global Post 2/7)

News - 02/07/2014

Tobacco Growers want say in decision-making processes

THE International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) says the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) should not exclude tobacco growers in key decisions-making processes as the body fights the proposed ban on the growing of the golden leaf...  (Newsday 2/7)

News - 16/06/2014

More Women Venturing Into Tobacco Cultivation Successfully in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's tobacco fields, which until recently was dominated by male farmers, is witnessing an influx of females who are seeking to augment their income, with independent statistics from the Zimbabwe Association of Women Tobacco Farmers (ZAWTF) showing that 32% of the 85,006 farmers who registered to cultivate tobacco in the 2013-14 season were women, while the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board estimated that of the 110,000 small-scale tobacco farmers in the country, 39.5% are women.