Supply vs Demand? The Political Economy of Trade, Tobacco Farming and Tobacco Control
Global Health And Development Seminar Series & Kcl-Lshtm Critical Global Health Seminar Series
Supply vs Demand? The Political Economy of Trade, Tobacco Farming and Tobacco Control in Sub-Saharan Africa
This seminar will present findings from a multi-year study of trade, tobacco farming and tobacco control in three SSA countries: Kenya, Zambia and Malawi. The countries represent different degrees of agricultural dependencies on tobacco farming and domestic tobacco control policies. The research involved document analyses, key informant interviews, tobacco farmer surveys and focus groups, detailed economic costing of tobacco farming, and textual analyses of positions taken on tobacco control measures at the World Health Assembly and the World Trade Organization.
Ronald Labonté is Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, and Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University of South Australia. His earlier work in the 1980s and 1990s focussed on health promotion, community development, community empowerment and social determinants of health. For the past 25 years he has led research and scholarship on the health equity impacts of contemporary globalization.
Present research interests include health equity impacts of comprehensive primary health care reforms; health worker migration; medical tourism; global health diplomacy; globalization, trade and tobacco control; trade and food security; and health and foreign policy.