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NCJ Number: 201068 Find in a Library
Title: Afghanistan: Opium Rapid Assessment Survey
Corporate Author: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Vienna International Ctr
Date Published: March 2003
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Vienna, A-1400, Austria
United Nations Publications
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: United Nations Publications
1st Avenue and 46th Street
Concourse Level
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: The report presents findings from the 2003 Afghanistan Rapid Assessment Survey established by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and implemented to collect information on the geographical distribution and dynamics of opium and factors influencing the implementation of the annual survey.
Abstract: Under the global Illicit Crop Monitoring Program (ICMP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime established an opium monitoring system conducting annual opium surveys in Afghanistan. The system includes four distinct but interrelated components (Farmer’s Intention Survey, Rapid Assessment Survey, Annual Opium Survey, and Bimonthly Price Collection). This report presents the findings, district by district, from the 2003 Rapid Assessment Survey conducted in February 2003. The survey included 126 villages, 45 districts of 5 provinces (Nangharar, Kunar, Kandahar, Helmand, and Uruzgan). The sample was sufficient to provide a cultivation trend through a comparison with the situation prevailing in the same villages in previous years. Information on poppy cultivation was obtained for 134 districts in 22 provinces. General findings are presented in four areas: eradication, opium poppy cultivation appearing in new areas, security, and staggered planting. Findings include: (1) relatively intensive eradication campaigns were reported in Helmand, Kandahar, and Uruzgan provinces; (2) farmers tended to cultivate opium poppy in increasingly remote and inaccessible areas; (3) security was a concern in most districts due to either ongoing military operations or to farmers reactions to the eradication campaign; and (4) staggered planting seemed to be increasing in Afghanistan due in part to the uncertainties created by the ban on opium poppy cultivation and eradication activities. Maps, tables, and annexes
Main Term(s): Opioids
Index Term(s): Afghanistan; Asia; Controlled Substances; Drug eradication programs; Drug law enforcement; Drug manufacturing; Drug smuggling; Drug sources; United Nations (UN)
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