UNODC's alternative development programmes centre on helping small farmers with reducing their
dependency on income from opium and coca cultivation by developing alternative livelihoods that can help them in licit income
generation. 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
Understanding the interconnections between illicit crop cultivation in rural areas and the
flow of drugs and criminal activity in cities is key to comprehensively address urban safety and governance challenges. Providing
alternative livelihoods to those engaged in illicit crop cultivation therefore uproots the problems at their point of origin.
Furthermore, these alternative livelihoods initiatives can be adapted to urban settings in order to reduce local vulnerabilities
that lead to dependence on criminal activity in cities.
Tools & Services
Guidelines for Gender Mainstreaming
in Alternative Development
A Manual on Monitoring and
Evaluation for Alternative Development Projects
The Role of Alternative
Development in Drug Control and Development Cooperation
Emerging Gender Strategies
for Alternative Development
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