Project Launch


Tuesday 7 June 2022           

3PM UK Time

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The Universities of Bristol and Cape Town invite you to the official launch of the Cannabis Africana: Drugs and Development in Africa project. The project focuses on cannabis in sub-Saharan Africa and its impact on socio-economic development, as well as the policy context. It seeks to develop a deeper understanding of cannabis in Africa, focusing not only on its ‘traditional’ uses, but also on its contemporary growth as an economic cash crop and source of livelihoods. Emphasis is on examining the historical and contemporary place of cannabis in African rural and urban settings, including the current and ongoing liberalisation of cannabis policies being undertaken in a number of African countries. The project focuses on four countries, that is, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and is guided by the following key objectives:

  • To provide an historical account of cannabis in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • To understand the contemporary place, purpose and perceived utility of cannabis;
  • To explore the varied cultures of consumption that are arranged around cannabis; and,
  • To assess the impact of drug policy on cannabis production, distribution and use in 4 sub-Saharan countries.

Please respond via email addresses shown above to express your interest to attend the launch. The zoom link will be send close to the date, once we have finalized the programme for the event.

Project Team Members

Dr Gernot Klantschnig, Associate Professor, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Dr Neil Carrier, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Bristol

Dr Simon Howell, Research Associate, Global Risk Governance Programme, University of Cape Town

Dr Clemence Rusenga, Research Associate, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol