POPPY FOR MEDECINE

Linked with Reinhard Erös – Germany, with Kinderhilfe Afghanistan /German Aid for Afghan Children GAAC, and with the International Council on Security and Development ICOS.

Published on ICOS /former Senlis Council, not authored nor dated.

  • Background In 2005, ICOS started its research into an Afghan Poppy for Medicine model. The initial findings were released in the form of a Feasibility Study at a conference in Kabul. Building on these initial findings and ongoing extensive field research, ICOS has released its Poppy for Medicine Technical Dossier, including all technical specifications and the entire economic model of the system.
  • Afghanistan faces an unprecedented security and reconstruction crisis. Resolving Afghanistan’s opium crisis is the key to the international community’s successful stabilisation and development of the country. Yet, by over-emphasising failed counter-narcotics strategies such as forced poppy eradication, the United States-led international community has aggravated the security situation, precluding the very reconstruction and development necessary to remove Afghan farmers’ need to cultivate poppy. In 2006 Afghanistan produced 92% of the world’s total illegal opium, directly involving at least 13% of the country’s population.
  • A village-based economic solution to Afghanistan’s poppy crisis is available, which links Afghanistan’s two most valuable resources – poppy cultivation and strong local village control systems – through the controlled cultivation of poppy for the village-based production of morphine. Based on extensive on-the-ground research, ICOS has developed a Poppy for Medicine project model for Afghanistan as a means of bringing illegal poppy cultivation under control in an immediate yet sustainable manner. The key feature of the model is that village-cultivated poppy would be transformed into morphine tablets in the Afghan villages. The entire production process, from seed to medicine tablet, can thus be controlled by the village in collaboration with government and international actors, and all economic profits from medicine sales will remain in the village, allowing for economic diversification. As internationally tradable commodities, village-made medicines would also benefit the Afghan government. Pilot projects are needed to enhance the controllability and economic effectiveness of this counter-narcotics initiative.

Read more on the same website:

  • Current counter-narcotics policies are risking mission failure in Afghanistan: …
  • A tried and tested, immediately effective Counter-Narcotics Strategy: Poppy for Medicine: …
  • An Afghan village-based model for medicine production and economic development: …
  • Poppy for Medicine model adaptable to local conditions: …
  • An Afghan-owned solution to the Global Pain Crisis: …

all full texts.

Pilot Projects needed for next planting season: To fully test the village-based Poppy for Medicine model, pilot projects should be undertaken in the next planting season. These projects will define the precise parameters of Poppy for Medicine projects in different regions.

Download – the Poppy for Medicine in Afghanistan:

Und noch auf deutsch: Afghanistan – Alternativkonzept zum Opiumanbau: Gefunden beim Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Sendung Kontraste (rbb-online.de/kontraste), 13. November 2008 … Doch es gibt eine Alternative: ein Konzept, das einen Ausweg aus dem Drogenkreislauf bieten könnte … (full long text).

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