Opium production in Afghanistan [url=http://www.areu.org.af/Uploads/EditionPdfs/1122E%20Managing%20Concurrent%20and%20Repeated%20Risks%202011.pdf]is decreasing.[/url]
Things are getting better! So the Australians are [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/18/world/asia/australia-to-withdraw-from-afghanistan-earlier-than-planned.html]getting out.[/url] Notwithstanding [quote]However, the study shows that two other factors have been more important in driving the significant decline in opium poppy cultivation since 2008: the dramatic increase in wheat prices, and the governor’s counter-narcotics stance backed by an increased national and international security presence. The dramatic rise in wheat prices in Afghanistan that took place from mid-2007 to late- 2008 led to growing concerns over food security in Helmand Province and in turn to an increase in levels of wheat cultivation to meet household food requirements. These concerns over food security were in part driven by excessive opium production in 2008 and a consequent growing reliance on wheat flour imports from Pakistan. However, increasing uncertainty over the supply from Pakistan, given the deteriorating security situation across the border, and the imposition of higher transport and transaction costs also played a role.[/quote]
Some [url=http://articles.cnn.com/2012-03-26/asia/world_asia_afghanistan-cash-loss_1_kabul-afghanistan-cash?_s=PM:ASIA]discordant notes.[/url]
[quote]"It's hard to estimate exactly how much is going out of Afghanistan, but I can tell you in 2011, 4.5 billion was (flown) out of Afghanistan," said Khan Afzal Hadawal, deputy governor of the bank of Afghanistan.
That is just what is moving out of the Kabul airport. It is estimated $8 billion in cash was lugged out of the country last year by car, private jets and border crossings. That is almost double the entire country's budget for 2011.[/quote]