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Economics: Labor Profiles: Afghanistan
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Afghanistan has massive natural resources: gas, petroleum, coal, copper, chrome, talc, sulphur, lead, zinc, iron ore, salt, and precious and semi precious stones (CIA 2005). Years of wars, invasions, conflicts, and displacement blocked economic progress. Throughout the twentieth century, the economy was mainly based on agriculture and animal husbandry. The country's industrial base was, and in 2007 still is, limited to small-scale production of textiles, soap, furniture, shoes, fertilizer, cemen…

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Povey, Elaheh Rostami, “Economics: Labor Profiles: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 24 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0237a>
First published online: 2009



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