Alternative Development and Sustainable Livelihoods
UNODC supports the Government's overall efforts to ensure sustainability of opium elimination as well as address the threats from other drugs by integrating Alternative Development work nationwide and supporting the development of alternative sustainable livelihoods not only for former and opium poppy growing farmers but also for other vulnerable communities. This is done through the building of a comprehensive strategy and the development of integrated and holistic community centred approaches. Communities take ownership for their own development initiatives and their corresponding development activities to ensure that effective community-based drug control and prevention initiatives are in place. Vulnerable communities include both rural and urban populations who are at risk from the threats of drugs within the context of safe cities and safe communities. Improving Sustainable livelihoods options by providing access to training, credit and markets are key priorities.