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Time to Move on-Developing an Informed Development Response to Opium Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan

1623E-Time to Move on-Developing an Informed Development Response to Opium Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan

After almost 15 years since the fall of the Taliban, the policy discussion on counternarcotics remains uncertain of which way to proceed. In large part, this is because policy discussion is shaped by a superficial or misguided understanding of opium

Moving With the Times

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Introduction There is much speculation that opium poppy cultivation will reach a new peak in Afghanistan in 2016,1 surpassing the previous high of 2014 when an estimated 224,000 hectares (ha) were grown.2 Indeed, signs of a potential “unprecedented” year were

A Balancing Act for Extractive Sector Governance

1610E A Balancing Act for Extractive Sector Governance

The first issue paper which is presented to the public in June 2016 concerns mining governance. Afghanistan is estimated to hold 1 to 3 trillion USD in untapped mineral deposits, ranging from lootable ones (such as gems, marble, gold, coal,

Agriculture for Nutrition in Afghanistan Stakeholder Consultation

1609 Press Release- Agriculture for Nutrition in Afghanistan

For centuries agriculture has been the mainstay of the Afghan society. While wheat is the principal food crop, fruits and nuts and livestock products such as wool have played a large part in subsistence, in local marketed production, and in

A State Built on Sand: How Opium Undermined Afghanistan

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A State Built on Sand: How Opium Undermined Afghanistan by renowned author, David Mansfield, examines why drug control has been imposed in Afghanistan and portrays an intimate understanding of rural Afghanistan, where he has worked for close to two decades.

Briefing Note on Fieldwork in Kandahar Province, December 2015 – January 2016: Opium Poppy and Rural Livelihoods

Breifing Kandahar

This briefing note provides initial observations from fieldwork conducted between 14 December 2015 and 8 January 2016 in ten field sites within Arghandab, Panjwai, and Zharai Districts of Kandahar Province. In 2014/15, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs

The Devil is in the Details: Nangarhar’s continued decline into insurgency, violence and widespread drug production

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Nangarhar – a province that historically has been one of the major entry points for the capture of Kabul – is in complete disarray. It lies in chaos, riven by a process of political fragmentation that has increased in both

The Devil is in the Details: Nangarhar’s continued decline into insurgency, violence and widespread drug production

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Nangarhar – a province that historically has been one of the major entry points for the capture of Kabul – is in complete disarray. It lies in chaos, riven by a process of political fragmentation that has increased in both

Helmand on the Move: Migration as a Response to Crop Failure

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This paper provides an account of how the shift in security provision from a combined ISAF and ANSF operation to one driven by local actors has impacted upon a number of different locations in central Helmand. It is based on

Briefing note on fieldwork in Balkh Province, May 2015 Opium poppy and rural livelihoods

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The following notes describe very initial findings from fieldwork done in ten villages in Balkh Province’s Chimtal and Char Bolak Districts during the first two weeks of May 2015. Located west of Mazar-e Sharif, these areas have been counted among