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Sunday, November 8, 2015
Rumi Spice - Helping Out Afghan Farmers
A small group of Afghan War veterans attending school at Harvard University got together and formed an import company called Rumi Spice. The small firm imports saffron - a very expensive exotic spice grown in Afghanistan. The fair-trade business may well be a boon to Afghan farmers who will sometimes grow poppy for its high cash value. Ventures like these are what are needed to take Afghanistan out of its never-ending cycle of poverty and provide a more robust economic environment for young people that would otherwise be attracted to insurgent groups by ideology or pay. Read more in "A Lucrative Crop - It's Not Opium Poppies - May Help Afghanistan's Farmers", Take Part, November 3, 2015. Visit the website of Rumi Spice at: www.rumispice.com