30 Aug '14, 10pm

Could saffron help Afghanistan kick its poppy habit?

Could saffron help Afghanistan kick its poppy habit?

View Photo Gallery » Parwiz Afghan displays some saffron for sale in his shop in Herat, in western Afghanistan. He insists that the quality of Afghan saffron rivals or is better than that produced by countries with a larger share of the world market. Josh Smith/Stars and Stripes Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Related Afghanistan to cost more than Marshall Plan, watchdog says By the time its combat troops depart at the end of 2014, the United States will have appropriated more money trying to fix Afghanistan than it did on the Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover economically after World War II, according to an analysis by a government watchdog. IG for Afghanistan paints grim picture of possible narco-criminal state Options limited for broke, addled and hopeless on Afghanistan’s heroin highway Some Afghan police are drawn to poppy trade to boost income HERAT,...

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