June 24, 2009

Securing Afghanistan, American Midwest Style

Last week, we featured a Washington Post article on the critical task of revitalizing Afghanistan’s agricultural economy.  Well, the battle continues, and McClatchy reports that the Missouri National Guard’s Agri-Business Development Team is at the forefront.  But the challenge is not just overcoming the limitations of soil chemistry and watershed dynamics, important as they are.  Indeed, the program also advises Afghanistan’s farmers on what crops are saleable and develops strategies for storing and refrigerating those goods on their way to the marketplace.  Stay posted to the Natural Security Blog as we keep you posted on how land use shapes the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.