Opium

Record-high opium production in Afghanistan creates multiple challenges for region and beyond, UN warns

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record-high last year, leading to unprecedented levels of potential heroin on the world market, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a new report released on Monday.

Strong growth in Myanmar boosts opium production in ‘Golden Triangle’ – UN report

Led by strong growth in Myanmar, opium poppy cultivation in the area known as the Golden Triangle rose for the seventh consecutive year, according to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Myanmar leads rise in opium poppy cultivation in South-East Asia – UN survey

A United Nations survey launched today points to “significant” increases in opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar and Laos, and calls for greater investment to support alternative livelihoods.

Afghanistan leads global hashish production, UN report finds

Afghanistan, the world’s biggest producer of opium, is now also the global leader when it comes to the production of hashish, according to a new United Nations survey released today.

Security Council urges greater efforts to combat Afghanistan’s illicit drug trade

The Security Council, concerned at the “high level of opium cultivation, production and trafficking” in Afghanistan, today called on States to bolster cooperation to counter this illicit practice which is thwarting the country’s security and development.

Record Afghan opium crop is massive source of corruption, UN report warns

Efforts to combat opium production in Afghanistan, a $3-billion-a-year trade accounting for more than 90 per cent of the world’s illegal output, have been marred by high-level corruption, with this year registering a record increase of some 50 per cent, according to a United Nations report released today.

Afghan opium production falls by 21 per cent in 2005 – UNODC

Government success at persuading farmers to voluntarily refrain from poppy cultivation, farmers’ apprehension that the official ban on opium cultivation could be enforced by eradication, and relatively low farm-gate prices have led to a 21 per cent decline in Afghan opium cultivation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today.

Afghanistan: UN agency seeks $25.5 million to fund alternatives to poppy crops

To end opium production in Afghanistan, the country's widespread poverty and unemployment must be tackled, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said today, appealing for $25.5 million to fund alternative crop cultivation schemes there.

UN survey finds opium production on the rise in Afghanistan

The United Nations released a survey today showing that opium production is on the rise this year in Afghanistan, by far the world's biggest producer of the drug.

High levels of opium cultivation continue in Afghanistan, UN survey finds

Afghanistan’s opium cultivation – which had dropped sharply in 2001 – is back up to a “relatively high level” throughout the country, according to the results of a survey released today by the United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP).