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Report: Economics of Tobacco Farming in Kenya

Kenya is widely seen as a regional leader in implementing effective policies to protect the public from the growing threat of a tobacco epidemic. Kenya is also a party to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), a global health treaty to address the epidemic, now ratified by 180 countries. Under the treaty, Kenya is obligated to implement comprehensive tobacco control laws, including helping smallholder tobacco farmers to find alternative livelihoods. The tobacco industry and its allies continue to argue that tobacco control will destroy these livelihoods, but we know very little about the actual quality of their livelihoods.

Based on a survey of 585 smallholder tobacco farmers in the three main tobacco growing regions, this report provides evidence countering tobacco industry claims that tobacco farming is a prosperous economic livelihood for most farmers.

Read the full report.