Born in Brazil, BENÍCIO ALBANO WERNER is the son of farmers, producers of tobacco. His father, Harry Antonio Werner, was the founder of the Tobacco Growers' Association of Brazil (AFUBRA), which is today chaired by Benício. At the International Tobacco Growers' Association (ITGA), he has always acted as Brazil's delegate since its foundation. In May of 2006, he assumed the presidency of ITGA, serving for six months the period of interim presidency, after which he was elected president of the international entity for management of 2006/08. He took over the ITGA vice-presidency in 2012/14.
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ITGA is the only worldwide Tobacco Growers’ association leading growers around the globe since 1984 in the search for a better sustainable future.
ITGA was created 20 years ago by the main tobacco growing countries at the time and since then sustainability of our farmers and their communitties have been key in the core objectives of our association.