Doi Tung, Thailand: Farmers who used to earn illicit income from opium-poppy cultivation, now they turn to grow popular Oolong tea as an alternative.
The Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) aims to improve international drug policies, both in terms of reducing illicit drug crop production and in dealing with drug users. The programme seeks to establish sound rural development and health policies in dealing with drugs, and to reinforce them at the United Nations and at the country level. In so doing, the programme also contributes to the formation of an innovative alliance of like-minded countries to advocate for more humane and more effective solutions.
The partnership implements projects with selected international organizations and NGOs, particularly the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage (MFLF). The MFLF is a well-known Thai organisation which has successfully implemented alternative development programmes aiming to reduce opium poppy cultivation in the Golden-Triangle border areas of Laos PDR, Myanmar and Thailand.
The GPDPD is now in the initial phase of its 5-year term from 2015-2019. It focuses on introducing effective drug policies and alternative development approaches to potential partners. The Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) is a global and multi-sectoral programme implemented by GIZ and its partners on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).