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Reconstructing Agriculture in Afghanistan - Jacky Sutton

Reconstructing Agriculture in Afghanistan

By: Jacky Sutton (Editor), Adam Pain (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th December 2007
ISBN: 9781853396342
Number Of Pages: 344

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The book raises critical questions relating to both humanitarian intervention and development agendas in crisis states. It supports a growing literature that interrogates past and present interventions, but does so by putting food security at the heart of both short- and long-term responses to crisis. In this it addresses two main issues. First, to review the current understanding of agriculture and food security issues in Afghanistan. Second, to bring together lessons on the nature and practice of interventions in support of food security and agriculture, particularly in the post-2001 period. The findings are a testimony to successful interventions, and explore wider implications of building food security under conditions of political instability. The book brings together papers by key practitioners and food security analysts with knowledge of the agricultural and political economy of Afghanistan. It makes an ongoing contribution to the theories of post-war rehabilitation in fragile states, providing an important reference for operational agencies and researchers. Published in association with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

"[A] pathbreaking practical contribution and an exciting and rish compliment to development studies."--Professor Barbara Harriss-White, Director

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of boxesp. xiii
List of figuresp. xiv
List of tablesp. xvi
List of abbreviations and acronymsp. xvii
List of authorsp. xx
Introduction: Reconstructing Agriculture in Afghanistanp. 1
Afghanistan: the contextp. 11
Introductionp. 11
Once upon a time: the major narratives of Afghanistanp. 13
Understanding state failure and reconstructionp. 17
State building in Afghanistanp. 18
Security and powerp. 20
Conditions for growthp. 22
Conclusionp. 26
Rural resilience and diversity across Afghanistan's agricultural landscapesp. 29
Development and iconoclasm: challenging the orthodoxiesp. 29
Agricultural development policiesp. 34
Afghanistan's chartered landscapesp. 37
Conclusionp. 47
Rural livelihoods in Afghanistanp. 49
Introductionp. 49
The concept of livelihoodsp. 50
The dynamics of livelihood change in Afghanistanp. 52
Future trajectories of changep. 61
The evolution of food security information in Afghanistan: a case of limited 'availability', 'access' and 'utilization'p. 65
Introductionp. 65
The evolution of food security assessment methods and tools: a product of time, space and disciplinep. 66
The evolution of food security information in Afghanistanp. 72
Towards a public nutrition response in Afghanistan: evolutions in nutritional assessment and responsep. 93
Introductionp. 93
Malnutrition in Afghanistanp. 95
The challenges of assessing the nutritional situationp. 103
Interventions and responsep. 107
Learning from the past, responding to the present and preparing for the futurep. 116
Food security in Afghanistan after 2001: from assessment to analysis and interpretation to responsep. 119
Climate, politics, refugees and opium: a backdrop to understanding food insecurity from 2001-05p. 119
The development of methods for assessing food security and welfarep. 125
The drought crisis narrative: an ill-informed agenda?p. 136
Analysis and responsesp. 142
Lessons learntp. 157
Narratives of rehabilitation in Afghan agricultural interventionsp. 165
Introductionp. 165
The role of agriculture in food security and livelihoods in Afghanistanp. 168
The linking of relief, rehabilitation and development in Afghan agriculturep. 171
Services, markets and institutionsp. 175
Narratives of Afghanistan's rural futurep. 183
Afghan women, Afghan livelihoodsp. 189
Introductionp. 189
The 'Afghan woman'p. 189
Terminology and methodologyp. 190
Genderp. 191
Human security of rural Afghan womenp. 192
Conclusionp. 211
'Economical with the truth': the limits of price and profitability in both explaining opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan and in designing effective responsesp. 213
Introductionp. 213
The disabling environmentp. 215
Challenging conventional wisdomp. 220
Policy responses: eradication and alternative livelihoodsp. 227
Conclusionp. 232
Markets in Afghanistanp. 235
Introductionp. 235
Rebuilding Afghanistan's markets?p. 236
Understanding real marketsp. 239
Markets, risk and povertyp. 247
Conclusionp. 249
Towards a framework for agricultural development and food security in Afghanistanp. 251
Introductionp. 251
The international debate on poverty, rural development and food security and the role of agriculturep. 253
Selected strategic issues: Where do we go from here?p. 273
Short-termism and information systemsp. 276
Conclusionp. 278
Responding to food insecurity: could we have done it better?p. 283
Introductionp. 283
Key food insecurity lessons from Afghanistan after 2001p. 283
The Twin Track approach to fighting hunger and enhancing food securityp. 285
Could a Twin Track approach have improved the content and shape of the food security response?p. 288
Lessons from Afghanistan for a Twin Track approach to addressing food insecurityp. 291
Conclusionp. 295
Notesp. 297
Referencesp. 313
Indexp. 335
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ISBN: 9781853396342
ISBN-10: 1853396346
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 15th December 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.93  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.57