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A New Approach to the Poppy Problem

Napoleon Navarro, UNDP Afghanistan’s Senior Deputy Resident Representative, shares his view on how we can find new ways to eradicate poppy problem.  


When the Birds Return

In the early morning of a harsh Kabul winter, almost everything is frozen, including the surface of Kol-e-Hashmat Khan lake.  


Stoves that Save Lives and Trees

In small forest near Guldara district of Kabul, Shakila sits on a rock to rest after collecting wood for her cookstove. Her eyes water and she finds it hard to breathe, and a fit of coughing overcomes…  


Reasons to Bee Cheerful: Raising Incomes, and Letting Bees Do the Work

For Karima, one of the happiest moments of her life was when she earned her first thousand Afghani (US$ 15), when she sold a kilo of honey made from her own bee-keeping business.  


Water: The Gift of Life

All life on Earth depends on water. For those who grow crops to live, however, it is especially important. After decades of war, Afghanistan’s economy, and the lives of many of its people depend on…  


Garden of Earthly Delights: a Better Life for Ishkashim Farmers

It is a sunny autumn day in Ishakashim valley in north-eastern Afghanistan. A 40-year old farmer, Amin, hoes the ground beneath the apple trees in his orchard. After he finishes each tree, he stands…  


“Mother Earth Day” Marked in Kabul

On April 22, 2018, UNDP’s GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) celebrated International Mother Earth Day by cleaning plastic waste from Kol-e-Hashmat Khan area in Kabul.  


Ayan Beg: Poacher Turned Gamekeeper

Ayan started hunting in the mountains with his father when he was 14 years old. Now 36, he is working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and his job is to protect animals instead of kill them.  


Pilawary Farm: Helping Women Grow out of Poverty

Gul Pari, a 37-year old mother of five, arrived in Kabul eight years ago.  


International Volunteer Day Marked in Kabul

To mark International Volunteer Day, hundreds of school and university students, members of the association for the blind, civil society activists, residents and shopkeepers participated in a…  

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