“One Year’s Result is Not a Trend”: the 2015 opium cultivation decrease

The decline (by almost a fifth) in the area of land in Afghanistan planted with opium poppy in 2015 came as a surprise to many. Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan had been on the rise since 2010, when an opium poppy blight halved opium production and triggered a subsequent hike in opium prices. However, the decline … Continue reading “One Year’s Result is Not a Trend”: the 2015 opium cultivation decrease