Afghanistan, 1952 - Montainous country in the Hakimat of Panjoa, Hazarajat, geographical centre of Afghanistan. The work of the FAO rinderpest team was carried on in this area. Rinderpest is still a most serious killer disease of cattle in Africa and Asia and its control is one of the first objectives of the veterinarians of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). An important early project was carried out in Afghanistan by FAO expert Dr. Eric Pierson (U.K.). At first the farmers were reluctant to cooperate, but as soon as demonstrable results were achieved by the use of an effective vaccine, they began eagerly to bring their livestock to be vaccinated.