Local Afghans and ICA rural development
workers share a relaxing moment.

Location unknown, mid-1950s

The International Cooperation Administration sought to increase agricultural productivity to feed a growing Afghan population. An important aspect of the initiative involved American contractors meeting and interacting with local people. The original caption for this photograph, published in an ICA pamphlet in 1956, reads, “The ‘chilum’ (water pipe) is offered, ‘chai’ (tea) is served, and the time is ripe for introducing the rural development program.”

Courtesy of the Cudney Collection.
Photograph by James A. Cudney.

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