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Nine-year-old Aziz cuts down corn stalks to prepare his family's land for wheat planting in Baharak district, Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, shortly after sunrise on Friday morning, Oct. 23, 2009. The third-grader typically works in the morning then attends the afternoon shift of school. 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.