The author wishes to thank his research colleagues Ahmad Hakeem(“Shajay”) and Sayed Yaseen Naqshpa or their assistance and insightsas well as companionship in the eld. Gratitude is also due to AntonioGiustozzi, David Manseld, Dipali Mukhopadhyay, David Katz, andAnja Paajanen or their substantive comments and suggestions on adrat version. Additional appreciation goes to David Manseld or hison-going eedback and responsiveness to questions. The author isindebted to Mervyn Patterson or his signicant contribution to thehistorical and background sections. Gratitude also goes to theAghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and its sta or support during visits to Aghanistan. Thanks go to Joyce Maxwell or her editorial guidance and or helping to clariy unclear passages, andto Bridget Snow or her ecient and patient work on the productiono the nal document. Finally, the author wishes to acknowledgeAndrew Wilder or his overall leadership o the study and or hisspecic guidance and valuable insights on the provincial case study.
Funding or the research was provided by the Swedish InternationalDevelopment Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Royal NorwegianMinistry o Foreign Aairs, AusAID, and AREU.
Agricultural aid worker demonstrates new irrigation technology to Aghanarmers. Photo: Author