Friday, November 23, 2007

Helmand: progress report

One of the aims of British policy in Afghanistan was to achieve sufficient security to make alternative livelihoods to growing opium poppies attractive. In the statement made by the then Defence Secretary (in the days before the post became a part-time job) announcing the original British deployment, eradication of poppy was a high priority.

This report then, which says that farmers in Helmand province are cutting down established fruit trees to grow more poppy, is a useful indicator of whether security has improved.

1 comment:

jogil said...

Wondered if anyone had read Greg Mills' From Africa to Afghanistan. Excellent discussion, not only of Afghanistan situation but other similar ones, referring to TEL's precepts. Mills is a SoAfrican who spent four months in Afghanistan as an advisor. An academic, he write fluidly and well.