From holy war to opium war? A case study of the opium economy in North Eastern Afghanistan

  title={From holy war to opium war? A case study of the opium economy in North Eastern Afghanistan},
  author={Jonathan Goodhand},
  journal={Central Asian Survey},
  pages={265 - 280}
  • J. Goodhand
  • Published 1 June 2000
  • Economics
  • Central Asian Survey
This paper examines the recent growth of the opium economy in north-eastern Afghanistan. A detailed analysis of one village in Badakshan Province reveals profound changes in the local economy and social institutions. The paper describes two major shifts in the local economy: first, the switch from wheat to poppy cultivation; and second, the shift from the livestock trade to the opium trade. It then examines the underlying causes and impacts of the opium economy on social relations in the… 
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