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Total population (millions)27.2
Life expectancy at birth (years)46.2
GDP per capita (PPP US$)--
Adult literacy rate (% age 15 and above)36
Combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross enrolment ratio (%)--

Decades of war have seriously damaged the economy of Afghanistan. Agriculture, both subsistence and commercial, is the main economic activity, engaging approximately 80% of the population.

Grain, rice, fruit, nuts and vegetables are the main traditional crops, all of which have been severely affected by drought in recent years. Industry remains small scale and includes handicrafts, textiles, carpets, and some food processing.

The health of the population is being undermined by poverty. Children are particularly at risk. Research indicates that one in six babies die during or shortly after birth and one in four children die before reaching the age of 5.

WER has worked in Afghanistan in partnership with Rescue Task Force and World In Need.

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These are our current projects in AFGHANISTAN:

Literacy For Girls and Women

This project helps girls and women to gain literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to support their families and community.

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The factual information on each of the countries has been published in the United Nations Human Development Report 2005. Please refer to this document for more comprehensive information.

The FCO also provides detailed country profiles, explaining the history and politics of each of the countries. (FCO web site)