Crop substitution and diversification strategies: Empirical evidence from selected Brazilian municipalities. HNP discussion paper: Economics of tobacco control paper no. 28
Publication Source

World Health Organization

Discussion paper
The Americas
Economy status
Upper-middle-income economies

This report looks at crop substitution and diversification strategies adopted in Brazil to foster the transition from tobacco to alternative crops. It analyzes the efforts undertaken in some Brazilian municipalities to support small-scale family farmers in their transition from tobacco to other sustainable livelihoods. This analysis comprises three case studies in selected municipalities in the South region of Brazil: Santa Cruz do Sul, Schroeder and Santa Rosa de Lima. Although all are located in the two main tobacco-producing states, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, these municipalities show different degrees of economic dependence on tobacco and differences in their forms of insertion in the tobacco agro-industrial chain in Brazil. The report is based on material collected between January and June 2004, in interviews with selected organizations, producers’ associations and research institutions, and from secondary sources (e.g., newspapers, directories, etc).