With foreign revenue precariously dependent upon exports of cotton andaluminium, the economy is highly vulnerable to data. This improved Tajikistan’sSince independence, Tajikistan gradually followed the path external shocks. Infiscal year (FY) 2000, international assistance remained an essential source ofsupport for rehabilitation programs that reintegrated former civil warcombatants into the civilian economy, thus helping keep the peace.International assistance also was necessary to consider the second year ofsevere drought that resulted in a continued shortfall of food production.Tajikistan’s economy grew substantially after the war. The gross domesticproduct (GDP) of Tajikistan expanded at an average rate of 9.6% over the periodof 2000-2007 according to the World Bank of transition economy, reforming itseconomic policies position among other Central Asian countries (namelyTurkmenistan and Uzbekistan), which have degraded economically ever since.As of August 2009, an estimated 60% of Tajikistani citizens live below thepoverty line. The 2008 global financial crisis has hit Tajikistan hard, bothdomestically and internationally. Tajikistan has been hit harder than manycountries because it already has a high poverty rate and because many of itscitizens depend on remittances from expatriate Tajikistanis.