This is an introductory presentation for a Catholic Relief Services
(CRS) project in Afghanistan, conducted with RALF funding. The goal of
the project was to help communities to improve risk management through
agricultural development: creating buffers against natural and man-made
disasters; and asset creation. A key activity that contributes to this
is indentifying new or existing crops with high potential, but little
current investment, that could be substituted for opium poppy
cultivation. Promoting interest in international markets for these crops
and facilitating market access is essential to achieve these goals. The
presentation describes cumin, saffron, peas, chickpeas, vegetables,
ornamentals, orchard trees, grapes, small scale processing (jam, juice
and pickle) and livestock as viable alternative crops.
For further information, please consult the original project
proposal as submitted to RALF in 2004.
RALF, ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria, 31 pp.
Western Afghanistan Agroenterprise Support Program