Archive for August, 2007

Deforestation and the Tobacco Industry in Malawi

Monday, August 6th, 2007

15% of Malawi’s tobacco is flue-cured, a type of leaf processed in brick barns in which hot air heats up the barn. Each year, a typical farmer in Malawi grows flue-cured on 2.4 acres and uses 10 chords of wood (36 cubic meters). Malawi has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world and tobacco growing is a contributing factor to the country’s deforestation rate. Images of tobacco-related deforestation in Malawi from June 2003.

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Chifukwa Chihana Discusses Crop Diversification and the Tobacco Industry in Malawi, June 2003

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

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