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Catherine Namome (PhD candidate)

Tobacco growing in Uganda

Catherine is a Ugandan student with a first degree in forestry from Makarere University and a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria. In her thesis, Catherine aims to understand why some farmers in the West Nile province in Uganda choose to grow tobacco and why other farmers choose to not grow tobacco. During 2014, Catherine conducted fieldwork in the West Nile province and completed interviews with 132 farmers, consisting of both tobacco and non-tobacco farmers. Amongst other things, she will use logit analysis to identify why some farmers grow tobacco and others not. The study is supervised by a committee consisting of an agricultural economist (Prof Beatrice Conradie), an environmental economist (Prof Tony Leiman) and a tobacco control specialist (Prof Corne van Walbeek).

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What has happened to South Africa’s tobacco farmers?

The number of South African tobacco growers has decreased from about 1000 twenty years ago to less than 200 currently. The study wants to investigate why this is the case. This is a real-world example where the tobacco growing industry has decreased in size at a very rapid rate. Many countries (and industry organisations) are concerned about their tobacco farmers and what the decrease in demand in tobacco would imply. The study will inform the drafters of the guidelines of Articles 17 and 18 of the FCTC about what has really happened in one country when large numbers of farmers moved away from growing tobacco.

Max Max Fitchet (Masters)

British American Tobacco’s strong financial performance

Having completed an undergraduate degree in Finance & Economics at UCT while studying toward the CFA charter, Max joined the ETCP at the beginning of 2015. His thesis aims to identify the driving force behind British American Tobacco’s strong financial performance. The paper will investigate whether pricing changes or increased sales volume have been the most influential in BTIs stock return. This study will focus on the African continent, but may extend to the South American region.

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Sam Filby (Masters)

Implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Sam Filby is currently a second year Economics Masters student at tUCT. Her thesis seeks to examine the ‘implementation gap’ between global developments in tobacco control under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and national tobacco control policies in South Africa and Kenya. This involves conducting interviews with key role players in government and civil society in order to gain insight into what variables influence the implementation of the FCTC in these countries. It is hoped that this will enable an exploration into how barriers to effective implementation can be overcome – and opportunities utilized – in order to ensure an effective FCTC implementation in South Africa.