More than half of the people of Tajikistan live on less than $2 a day, and malnutrition is widespread. Cotton farming has been a massive contributor to this problem, sapping fertile soil and depriving families of other food sources. Poverty has increased the threat of insurgency in this country which is located next to Afghanistan.
How is farming reform being carried out in post soviet Tajikistan? And how will poverty alleviation contribute to greater global security? In this episode we work with the United Nations Development Program to look at rural development issues in the country.