Resilience and hope in the harsh landscape of Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a country which has suffered greatly over the last 30 years. From invasions to social strife to religious extremism, this has compounded the already difficult environmental conditions that the agricultural sector must deal with in order to feed its 34 million people. The country is mountainous, the land is dry, its winters harsh, and its summers short, especially in the central regions. Food security, therefore, should be an extremely topical issue, and one of the many hardships Afghanis have to suffer. However, in my recent trip to Bamyan province, 20 minutes in a UN flight west of Kabul, the situation I encountered was a counter intuitive one.

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