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A farmer tills the soil to prepare it for wheat in fertile Jurm district, Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2009. Just two years ago, poppy was the crop of choice for many farmers in the district, but a combination of crashing poppy prices, the rising price of wheat and an Afghan government crackdown meant an almost total eradication of poppy fields in the area. Farming is one of the primary occupations for people living in rural Afghanistan, and people are more affluent and more likely to buck traditional power structures in areas where there is fertile land for crops. As the Obama Administration seeks the formula for turning the tide of the war in Afghanistan, some aid organizations are advocating the National Solidarity Programme, a community-based development program that has made progress in some districts, setting up local councils that propose much-needed projects such as schools, drinking water facilities and roads.