The voice of communities involved in illicit cultivation had long been excluded from policymaking platforms. However, thanks to growing networks such as the Myanmar Opium Farmers Forum, more and more farmers have gained more space to provide input to drug policy discussions at the UN level.
This video, prepared by the Myanmar Opium Farmers' Forum (MOFF), was presented at the fourth intersessional meeting at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), specifically during a session on Alternative Development and Crop Control Strategy on 24 October 2018. The session was part of a wider set of meetings in preparation for the upcoming high-level meeting at the CND in March 2019.
The voice of communities involved in illicit cultivation had long been excluded from national and international policymaking platforms. Since UNGASS 2016, however, farmers involved in the illicit cultivation of coca, cannabis, and opium poppy have gained more space to provide input to drug policy discussions at the UN level, largely thanks to the work of social movements such as MOFF in Myanmar, COCCAM in Colombia, and many more at the grassroots level.