'I lock the door on my children at home every morning and leave them in God's hands and beg for money on the streets of Mazar-e-Sharif until evening to feed them,' one female beggar said.
Two large projects aim to improve the efficiency of irrigation systems, protecting farmland from floods and allowing farmers to grow more crops.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation gave 500 farmers a variety of agricultural tools one day, while another group of hundreds of farmers received fertiliser and seeds the next day.
Farmers are glad to cultivate something both legal and profitable and to shed the hardship and immorality of poppy cultivation.
Eighty families will each receive beekeeping equipment that includes a bee box, honey extraction machine, 25kg of sugar, a beekeeping suit and some medicines for bees.
The FAO's two-year initiative, which pays individuals for working on canals and roads, is helping thousands of unemployed breadwinners in Badghis.
Farmers in Helmand province, once the country's top producer of opium, are moving away from poppies to plant alternative crops.
A total of 550 children are now enrolled in schools or in vocational training centres to prevent them from the dangers of working on the street.
The alternative livelihood programme is helping farmers grow vegetables instead of poppies, and the income they are now earning eclipses the amounts they received selling the illicit crop.
Hundreds of orchards are bearing fruit, giving farmers an alternative to poppy cultivation and a way out of poverty.