Farmers’ Response to Opportunities Provided by Tobacco Processing Companies in Tobacco Cultivation in Bangladesh: Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme 2018

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This project report titled ‘Farmers’ Response to Opportunities Provided by Tobacco Processing Companies in Tobacco Cultivation in Bangladesh’ is prepared for Knowledge Action Change (KAC) under agreement with KAC for the Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) scholarship program 2018.

The major objective of the project was to assess farmers’ response against the strategies of tobacco companies to patronize tobacco cultivation in the Jhenaidah district of Bangladesh. Farmers’ perceptions have been taken through qualitative surveys. In the report tobacco companies’ activities and strategies are discussed initially. After that, farmers’ perceptions in both positive and negative directions are analysed and compared in the context of traditional agriculture of the district. The research also recommends some policies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2019


Bibliographical note

I am very much indebted to my mentor Dr. Axel Klein for guiding me in the research process. I express my honor to his valuable advice, help, and stimulating suggestions on tobacco farming. I cordially thank him for his keen observation and recommendations on the interview checklist. His kind assistance helped me to stay on track when I was deviated. I am thankful to him for responding to me quickly even during his business trips.

I am bound to thank Mr. Kevin Molloy, KAC THR Scholarships Programme Manager for his all-round support and cooperation with the research. He provided all scholarship holders with all relevant information and solutions of problems for research management. I am thankful to him for appointing mentor to me who has much experience in tobacco cultivation research. I was immensely benefited for this reason.

I am thankful to KAC and all its personnel for their support in managing research management. KAC designed the THR scholarship program with many research supportive elements such as an induction session, appointment of mentorship and arrangement of dissemination at conference. Logistic and other supports were really supportive and helpful.

I acknowledge and extend thankfulness to the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) for supporting the THR scholarship program and accordingly for funding the research.

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