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Poppy for Medicine project (June 2007)

Poppy for Medicine project Licensing poppy for the production of essential medicines: an integrated counter-narcotics, development, and counter-insurgency model for Afghanistan

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Resolving Afghanistan’s illegal opium crisis is the key to the international community’s successful stabilisation and development in the country. Yet, by overemphasising failed counter-narcotics strategies such as forced poppy eradication, the United States-led international community has aggravated the security situation, precluding the very reconstruction and development necessary to remove Afghan farmers’ need to cultivate poppy. The Poppy for Medicine model provides a village-based solution to these challenges.

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