The opium bulbs of Myanmar: drug crop or lifeline for poor farmers?

22 June 2016
In the media

The Guardian - Rural development programmes to wean poppy farmers off their illicit crop contend with lack of roads, water and power in remote areas plagued by militias

Tom Kramer, a Dutch researcher with the Transnational Institute, says the army’s position on illicit activities by its militias is an “obstacle for reform” of drug policy and unlikely to change until there is a nationwide peace accord. [...]

Kramer says the vigilantes’ emergence indicates the public’s desperation over the drug trade, but to address the problem, he says, “you need a development-led approach, an inclusive peace process, and [to] tackle corruption”.


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