Sustainable alternative development

The Challenge:

Southeast Asia has experienced a doubling of opium poppy cultivation from 2006. Myanmar is second only to Afghanistan in opium poppy cultivation with approximately 20% of the total global area under cultivation, producing an estimated 690 tons of opium. In many of the areas where opium poppy cultivation persists, most farmers lack other income opportunities.

What we do:

In response, UNODC has been the driving force in supporting alternative development (AD) projects in Myanmar and Lao PDR over the past 10 years. UNODC focuses on assisting Member States to develop and implement sustainable AD policies and programmes.


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Find out more about how UNODC assists Member States to develop and implement sustainable Alternative Development policies and programmes in poppy growing areas. [Read more]


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Click here to access our latest publications, reports, research and other updates on our work on sustainable Alternative Development. [Read more]