Posted by: otanezm
July 16, 2011 |
In the Lilongwe Auction in 2000, Malawi’s largest tobacco marketplace, workers without shoes, run with leaf to holding areas. At auction, buyers often reject tobacco due to mixed grades of leaf or sellers reject prices offered by buyers. Later in the season, rejected tobacco is re-presented for sale on the auction floors. US leaf buyers purchase virtually all of Malawi’s tobacco, in some cases paying $0.70 per kilogram, about three times lower than what a farmer needs to cover costs and meet basic needs.
Genuine fair trade tobacco does not exist and this project does not promote fair trade cigarettes. Tobacco farming is associated with health, environmental and human rights violations, as well as tobacco industry malfeasance. This is a project to encourage country representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) to request the WHO to use the theme "Human Rights and Tobacco Agriculture" for World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2021.