Farmers are realising that planting poppies and hashish reaps profits only for terrorists and drug traffickers.
The regular flow of water from Salma Dam has increased the quality and quantity of the grape harvest in Herat province, farmers say.
Honey smuggled from Iran is often 'made of powder, water and sugar, and is completely artificial', according to one Herat honey seller.
An estimated 35,000 to 40,000 residents of Badakhshan are addicted to drugs, a quarter of whom are women and children.
The new initiative is providing some 500 women in Samangan with agricultural tools and seeds, helping them farm to support their families and local markets.
Samangan residents have praised the agricultural initiative from the World Food Programme, saying it is providing vital jobs and addressing the impact of climate change.
With three new factories becoming operational in Herat in early June, more young people are now employed. The need for imported Iranian products is also declining as a result.
The World Food Programme has distributed emergency food aid to more than 16 million Afghans over the past 10 months.
The ACTED project, launched in March, seeks to empower impoverished and widowed women. Such programmes also have helped women escape domestic violence.
The training programme aims to mitigate poverty and unemployment, to provide market-driven job training, and to discourage youth from illegal migration to neighbouring countries.