Over the past 25 years, UNODC has played a leading role in assisting Member States in developing and implementing drug control policy. Alternative development is a fundamental pillar of a comprehensive drug control strategy and continues to be the principal method utilized by Members States and UNODC to address illicit drug crop cultivation.

UNODC's alternative development programmes centre on helping small farmers with licit income generation activities to reduce their dependency on income from opium and coca cultivation.  Efforts are also focused on health, education, basic infrastructure, community development and food security. Special attention is given to environmental protection and improved markets for alternative development products. UNODC-supported alternative development also empowers communities while ensuring that both men and women equally benefit from development interventions.


UNODC works in partnership with the affected countries, other United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector ... more


UNODC's global alternative development activities include developing best practices and lessons learned and improving analysis and ... more


In partnerships with Governments and the private sector, UNODC facilitates the sale of alternative development products on national and international ... more