Farmer's Voice

News - 08/07/2016

Disagreements over tobacco control measures predict a controversial FCTC meeting

Diana Marcela Tinjacá
Bogotá, July 3 (EFE).- Disagreements among growers, tobacco manufacturers, scientists, and health organizations intensify as the date for the 7th Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control approaches, signaling a controversial meeting where new legislation and alternatives to tobacco will mark the discussions.

News - 07/07/2016

STATEMENT OF THE AMERICAS, AS AGREED BY PARTICIPANTS AT THE INTERNATIONAL TOBACCO GROWERS' ASSOCIATION REGIONAL MEETING HELD IN SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ON 29 JUNE 2016.

News - 14/06/2016

Tobacco Narrative in 2015 Dominated by Chinese Decline

Like the ebbing of a fading tradition, the world's largest and heretofore one of the last remaining growth markets, China delivered cigarettes volume decline in 2015 and with it, the defining narrative of the year in global tobacco.

News - 03/06/2016

Is food security and tobacco growing incompatible in Africa?

The SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment estimates that an alarming 16% of the region's population are food insecure. The effects of the current El Nino phenomenon have further deepened food insecurity in Malawi and the region more broadly.

News - 31/03/2016

Philip Morris International (Rightfully?) Upbeat on iQOS

I've had cause to mention on these pages previously that counting slides in Investor Presentations is a crude device for gauging a company's strategic priorities. However, it was quite striking that of 78 slides in Philip Morris International's recent Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) offering, 54 were devoted to their approach to reduced harm products and the performance and future of iQOS in particular - more than two thirds of a flagship investment community engagement. While some of this might be attributed to the current relative becalmed visibility of global cigarette markets (for example, the challenge from plain packaging was calibrated and dealt with in a single slide) it's also an unprecedented level of focus from the combustible market leader.