The first question I received comes from Dr. Robert Brinkmann. He asks via Twitter "how about some things we look at as sustainable practices here: energy, buying local, organic food etc. Interesting comparison"
Short Answer: No
Long Answer: Afghanistan has been in a state of war since 1979. As such much of Afghanistan's development has been set back decades if not more. People survive with what they can, not caring one iota if it is sustainable or not. In much of the Pasthun Belt (eastern and southern Afghanistan along the Pakistan border) there are whole districts that lack electricity. Some people use generators for short bursts of power at night but these people are in the minority. Most cooking is done via charcoal with gas being available at a somewhat high cost to urban dwellers. There have been some efforts to get rural people solar cookers but this is done because of limited energy, not because it is a green practice.
Buying local is not really an option. Most people get food staples like rice and naan bread from the bazaars (if they are not farmers themselves). Meat is available but it is not a daily dish. Because much of Afghanistan is about to experience the fifth year in a row of drought shipping in food staples is a must. USAID grain shipments and rice from Pakistan and India is feeding much of the country. Much of this is handed out by the government but the transit mafia has a large black market share of anything that is shipped to Afghanistan. Any potential inquiry by me into the transit mafia has been met with strong words advising me to change the line of questioning.
As for organic, from the short time I have talked to farmers I am sure they would use any sort of fertilizer that could give them enough crops to feed their families.
Coming up next: Smeeko's question on what Afghans want