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India’s experiences in licensing poppy cultivation for the production of essential medicines (June 2007)

India's experiences in licensing poppy cultivation for the production of essential medicines Lessons for Afghanistan, by Romesh Bhattacharji, former narcotics commissioner of India

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Important lessons from the experiences of Indian farmers, administrators and security experts could inform the implementation of a Poppy for Medicine project in Afghanistan. The role played by the Indian farming villages, and in particular the role played by the village headman, in controlling poppy cultivation and limiting diversion in licensed poppy cultivation projects has empowered a variety of stakeholders. This lesson is particularly relevant with regards to the social control hierarchies present in Afghan rural societies.

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