Cover Image

Mansfield -- Managing concurrent and repeated risks : explaining the... -- 2011

Call Number
PDF (28 MB)
Author Mansfield, David.
Lough, Oliver.
Title Managing concurrent and repeated risks : explaining the reductions in opium production in Central Helmand between 2008 and 2011 / David Mansfield ; Alcis Ltd. & OSDR ; editing and layout Oliver Lough.
Imprint Kabul : Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), 2011.
Physical Description 105 p. : col. maps ; 30 cm.
Notes Summary: “This paper seeks to explore what factors have driven recent reductions in poppy cultivation in Helmand and how sustainable they are. It finds that while household concerns about food security because of high wheat prices were key in driving down poppy cultivation between 2008 and 2009, the coercive power of the Afghan state and international military forces has been significant in determining levels of cultivation in central Helmand in 2010 and 2011.Sustainability of these effects will vary among different communities. Broadly speaking, this research suggests that reductions in poppy cultivation are: (1) most sustainable among communities close to urban centres with access to diverse income opportunities, government support programs and better security; (2) least sustainable among communities that have responded to the government’s poppy ban but lack viable alternatives and remain exposed to violence and intimidation by both sides in the conflict; (3) and non-existent among a growing number of communities in the desert north of the Boghra Canal where opium production has provided the means to own and cultivate land, and the Taliban is increasingly seen to provide a relatively secure environment for households to secure income and accumulate assets.”—(P. 1).
Subject Headings Opium poppy – Economic aspects – Afghanistan – Hilmand.
Opium trade – Economic aspects – Afghanistan – Hilmand.
Agriculture – Economic aspects – Afghanistan – Hilmand Province.
Afghanistan – Hilmand Province – Rural conditions.
Livelihoods - Afghanistan - Hilmand Province.

Corporate Body Alcis (Firm).
Organisation for Sustainable Development and Research (OSDR).
Web Address (accessed 16 January 2012)
Accession Number 17037, 17038
Language English
Language Code E
Copies 1
Record Number 14746