This is an introductory presentation to an ICARDA-RALF project to
promote the cultivation of mint as a viable alternative livelihood to
opium poppy cultivation for Afghan farmers. Mint is presented as a
potentially competitive crop due to: easy growth; convenient storage;
local availability; potential for good income locally and regionally.
Different Mentha species are suggested for different project aims, for
example, that M. piperita oil-rich varieties can produce high yields
of value-added products such as mint oil and menthol. The presentation
reviews current public awareness of mint, mint marketing strategies,
mint's perceived medicinal value and the available mint-derived
For further information, consult the original project proposal document
RALF, ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria, 30 pp.
Cultivation of Mint as Viable Alternative Livelihood In East And North-east of Afghanistan