Continued efforts of the
Helmand-Arghandab Valley Authority (HAVA).

a. U.S. Ambassador Robert G. Neumann and Mir Mohammed
Akbar Resa, Afghan Minister of Agriculture, cut the ribbon for
an aid program.
b. Ambassador Neumann and Minister Resa talk with a Nad-i Ali farmer on Wheat Day. Mrs. Neumann in background.
Lashkar Gah, 1970
Helmand Valley, 1969

Since the inception of the Helmand Valley Authority (later HAVA), agronomists worked to create drought resistant grains that could flourish in the arid environment of southwestern Afghanistan. Local farmers experimented with these cultigens, as did experts at the Bolon Research Farm. Although the Helmand Valley Project developed unevenly given the difficultly of imposing such a massive initiative on a remote, rural landscape, agricultural yields improved and cultivated land
increased by the late 1960s.

Courtesy of UCLA Library Special Collections. Neumann Family Papers.

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