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Plowing Under 'The Perfect Crop' in Afghanistan

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Plowing Under 'The Perfect Crop' in Afghanistan

Plowing Under 'The Perfect Crop' in Afghanistan

Plowing Under 'The Perfect Crop' in Afghanistan

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Joel Hafvenstein spent a year in Afghanistan trying to convince opium-poppy farmers to give up what he calls "the perfect crop." Working for a private company funded by the United States Agency for International Development, Hafvenstein helped provide Afghan farmers with alternative jobs — like building canals and roads — in hopes that they'd give up their alliance with the Taliban.