Farmer's Voice

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.

News - 31/03/2016

Glamour and Sovoir Vibre: PROCIGAR 2016 in Santiago de los Caballeros, the Cigar Country in Dominican Republic

I have been attending tobacco events in different places around the world for over 15 years. It would be unfair to highlight their individual merits because each one of them has its own peculiarities contingent on previous experiences and/or specific sponsorships.

News - 28/03/2016

FCV increases its global demand according to India Tobacco Board chairman

Flue cured Virginia (FCV) Tobacco auctions in Andhra Pradesh began on a promising note with bright grades notching up a price of Rs.140 per kg...

News - 28/03/2016

Cuba’s tobacco Country becomes tourist attraction

VINALES, Cuba - Unseasonably heavy rains have damaged Cuba's tobacco crop and raised questions about iconic cigar brands that some aficionados hope will not suffer from declining quality amid higher demand...

News - 28/03/2016

Tobacco Farmers in India protest against tobacco packaging

Farmers body FAIFA has protested against Health Ministry's directive on graphic pictorial warnings on cigarette packs...

News - 28/03/2016

Hectarage Down By 14% in Zimbabwe this Season

Latest statistics from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) of Zimbabwe showed that the total area under tobacco cultivation declined by 14% year-year to 92,160 hectares in the 2016-17 season...