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IRIN: Where Afghan humanitarianism ends and development begins

February 13, 2012

Afghanistan suffers from cyclical natural disasters – floods and drought – which affect people annually and require expensive emergency responses, but their impacts could well be avoided, or at least mitigated, if proper water management systems or dams were built, for example.

Some farmers could switch from rain-fed wheat crops, which require a lot of water, to other crops, like grapes or almonds. But these kinds of transitions require long-term multi-year plans, inherently at odds with emergency responses, based on annual appeals for funding.

“Responding to eight droughts in 11 years makes no sense,” Michael Keating, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan, said recently. “There is something going wrong.”

Continues at: – Where Afghan humanitarianism ends and development begins

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    February 13, 2012 20:34

    Years of war have caused an impairment of existing land control and govern against natural ciclyc calamities.
    Now afgans must edificate and posed on all possible barrier against alluvion and other natural adversity and this require economic disponibility.
    The “new” state must legiferate on this sense, finance all edifications for the govern of the land and all necessities. This require that farmers will be eard by institutions and that the pertinent components of the state dispose on matter.
    Gradually all country will be controlled, is our wish. claudio alpaca

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