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High and Dry: Poppy cultivation and the future of those that reside in the former desert areas of South West Afghanistan

The deserts of southwestern Afghanistan have been transformed. Land that was once dry and strewn with rocks, has been cleared, irrigated, and planted with crops by an influx of new settlers. The pace of the settlement of the former desert areas of the southwest is such that by 2018 there was an additional 357,885 hectares of agricultural land compared to 2002, and possibly as many as 3.6 million people residing there.

Paper Type: Issues Paper
Theme: Natural Resource Management
Language: English
No. of Pages: 46

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