chapter  4
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THE GREAT GAME: THE POWERS VIE FOR PRIMACY

Much advice was dispensed and aid extended by the Americans in order to promote economic development. A key sector was agriculture since the vast majority of Afghans are subsistence farmers. Canals were built and land irrigated but the net result was disappointing. It proved particularly difficult to convince farmers to espouse new methods and produce increasing surpluses for the market. Why take the risk? Why market the surplus when they needed to consume more themselves? Given the extremes of temperatures in

RECEPTIVE TO NEW, FOREIGN IDEAS. tive. American economic endeavour produced mod'

est returns. The population was just not receptive to new, foreign ideas.