Helmand 2013 Report
This Briefing Paper, written by David Mansfield provides an overview of the findings of indepth research conducted in central Helmand during the planting season of 2012/13.
The purpose of this research was to examine how farmers lives and livelihoods had changed over the last twelve months and identify how this had impacted on levels of opium poppy cultivation in the 2012/13 growing season.
The research involved interviews with 372 individual farmers in 29 different research sites located to the north and south of the Boghra canal, as well as 28 traders and daily wage labourers in Gereshk and Lashkar Gah.
It builds on a detailed body of research in Helmand funded by the British Embassy and the Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), dating back to May 2008.
The final annex consists of remote sensing imagery from a number of the research sites where fieldwork had been conducted over the last five growing seasons, drawing on cropping patterns data from the United States Government (USG) and processed by Alcis.