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Leaving poppy behind – permanently: how the findings from UNODC’s new Afghan opium survey could affect vulnerable populations 

Leaving poppy behind – permanently: how the findings from UNODC’s new Afghan opium survey could affect vulnerable populations 

Kabul / Vienna, 3 January 2024 - To many in Afghanistan, poppy has long meant survival.  

Decades of conflict, natural disasters, and few economic opportunities have compelled many to turn to growing the flower – used to produce opium – as a last resort.

“We do not want to grow poppy,” noted Mullah Tur Jan, chairman of a Community Development Council, referring to the population in Lashkargah, the capital of Hilmand province. “But we have no other alternative to feed our children.” (UNODC, Wien, 03.01.2024)

https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2024/January/leaving-poppy-behind--permanently_-how-the-findings-from-unodcs-new-afghan-opium-survey-could-affect-vulnerable-populations.html