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Grower's Social and Environmental Commitment

The sustainability of the tobacco growing chain has been discussed for several years to this part. Tobacco growers, as an importance piece of the sector have come together to develop various initiatives to address the impacts that growing the crop might be having on the environment and the society as a whole. In Agriculture, the adoption of the Good Agricultural Practices by farmers has helped to control several of the issues that were attributed to the tobacco industry. Several associations of tobacco growers have developed initiatives that go beyond aiding/instructing growers on farming practices. The measures they promote help tobacco grower’s families in many different ways.

Projects Developed by the Misiones Tobacco Growers Association:

  • Crop Diversification (Citrus Fruit, Stevia, Pig and Poultry Production)
  • Rural electrification
  • Water well drilling (Water reservoirs)
  • Afforestation
  • Dairy Farming (including a Cheese factory)
  • Health Care, Crop and Barn Insurance
  • Infrastructure

Projects Developed by Fedetabaco (Colombia):

  • Toxic Agrochemicals Project (Support for safe storage of toxic agrochemicals)
  • Technical Assistance and Technology Transfer (Training and Technical Advice)
  • Maize, Bean, Avocado and Tangerine Project (Diversification Project)

Projects developed by Instituto Crescer Legal:

  • Fighting Child Labour on Tobacco Growing
  • Enabling alternatives for teenagers
  • Learning new skills (trade school) and generating income
  • Developing and harness potential

Project Life is Green – Afubra (Brazil) since 1986:

  • Distance Updating Course (DUC) offered free to schoolmasters of partner schools
  • Rural Environmental Education course.
    • The objective is to provide the teachers with inputs from the partner schools of the Life is Green Program with promoting quality education.
  • 4.8 million tree seedlings distributed free of charge to schools and environmental projects
  • 85,000 Ecology Series workbooks available to project participants
  • 292 municipalities of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná are project partners participating in the PSA, PASA and Saturated Oil Collection Program
  • 3 million teaching and teaching material distributed (booklets, books, manuals, notebooks, rulers
  • 266 thousand teachers and students assisted by the Green is Life Project

Projects Developed by the Tobacco Association of Zambia

  • Afforestation Programs
    • Woodland management
    • Barn efficiency improvements
    • Research projects on optimal curing facilities
    • Rocket barns and Bulk curers
    • Promoting the use of bricks instead of wood for the structures
    • Mandatory planting of trees per tobacco hectare
  • Child Labour
    • Strengthening comunities
    • Withdrawing children
    • Providing income generating activities for vulnerable families
    • Schooling of children is a priority