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    NGOs Fight Afghan Heroin Trade With Grapes

    There are worse raisins. While Afghanistan produces about 70 percent of the world’s opium, USAID and other development agencies have long hoped to convince farmers that other crops would be more lucrative. And they are: Crops like grapes, walnuts and almonds pay more than double what opium does per hectare. In the past, NGOs had focused on encouraging staple crops like wheat, but it turns out that high-end fare may do the trick — as long as the United States can maintain Afghan trust despite the horrors of accidental drone strikes.

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