Items tagged with coca

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U.S. 'war on drugs' in Latin America needs overhaul amid COVID-19 challenges, report says [01.12.2020] The United States’ anti-drug policy in Latin America needs to change if Washington is to effectively combat a problem worsened by the COVID-19 pandem ...
‘I will be left with nothing’: Why Colombians are watching the U.S. election closely [02.11.2020] Coca fumigations started in Colombia in the early 1990s and intensified during “Plan Colombia,” a $10 billion U.S. campaign that ran from 2000 to 201 ...
Colombia lawmakers seek to take control of cocaine market. It’s a long shot [21.09.2020] Legislators weary of Colombia’s whack-a-mole anti-narcotics efforts propose to stop the often violent trafficking of cocaine that has plagued the cou ...
Coca leaf: Myths and Reality [16.06.2020] Many myths surround coca. Every day press accounts around the world use the word coca in their headlines, when they refer in fact to cocaine. TNI's D ...
The coronavirus has gutted the price of coca. It could reshape the cocaine trade [09.06.2020] As a farmer eking out a living in Peru’s central jungle, Rubén Leiva grew one cash crop that seemed immune from global cycles of booms and busts. But ...
The controversial new deployment of US troops in Colombia [02.06.2020] The decision to send US troops into Colombia to help against drug trafficking is a troubling one, whether as part of the two countries’ security stra ...
Peru’s war on drugs is an abject failure – here’s what it can learn from Bolivia [30.05.2020] When Peruvian government forces began eradicating coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, without warning in a remote corner of Peru’s principal coc ...
Peruvian coca farmers to Paris pushers, coronavirus upends global narcotics trade [22.04.2020] The coronavirus outbreak has upended industries across the globe. The international narcotics trade has not been spared. From the cartel badlands alo ...
Honduras goes from transit nation to cocaine producer [19.03.2020] Over the last decade, Honduras has seen a proliferation of laboratories capable of transforming coca leaf into cocaine hydrochloride. This means that ...
Glyphosate and cocaine: Colombia's next drug war? [09.03.2020] Pedro Arenas is afraid that they'll take flight again. "I expect it could be within the next months," he says. Since the end of last year, nine AT-80 ...
The ‘deja vú’ of aerial crop spraying in Colombia [29.02.2020] At the end of 2019 the government of Iván Duque presented a draft decree to resume the spraying of drug crops used for illicit purposes. It argued th ...
The world's biggest legal coca industry might get shut down [26.02.2020] Bolivia is one of three countries in the world that produce the bulk of the world’s coca, the green leafy plant that is the base ingredient for cocai ...
Colombia will tackle cocaine with a cancer-causing chemical. Only problem is, it won't work [21.01.2020] The Colombian government has published a proposed law that will allow it to resume a controversial program of aerial fumigation of coca crops using g ...
Canada's cannabis policy makes it an international rebel on drug treaties [20.12.2019] While many Canadians have focused on the supply problems and overly optimistic business projections that have marred Ottawa's marijuana legalization ...
Growers' voices at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs [25.11.2019] From 16 to 18 October 2019, representatives of member states, intergovernmental organisations, and civil society attended the 6th Intersessional Meet ...
Coca, the illicit plant that funded Colombia’s civil war, is flourishing again [10.07.2019] It was eight years ago the last time planes came to spray poison on Noralba Quintero’s coca crop in the jungled foothills here by the mighty Magdalen ...
How to legalize every drug [22.05.2019] As Canada continues to work out the kinks of legalizing cannabis—and jurisdictions around the world follow suit—harm reduction advocates and drug pol ...
Migrants and traditional use [25.04.2019] For the past several years, Fundación ICEERS, with the support of allied organisations such as the Transnational Institute (TNI), has been assisting ...
A death foretold: Colombia’s crop substitution program [01.04.2019] The government’s failure to comply with the coca crops substitution program in Colombia has left the future of almost 100,000 families in limbo and s ...
Glyphosate alone won’t fix Colombia’s complex coca woes [14.03.2019] Colombia’s Constitutional Court is debating lifting a judicial ban on the spraying of glyphosate during the aerial fumigation of illicit coca crops, ...
Peruvian farmers abandoning coffee plantations for coca fields [07.03.2019] A drop in coffee prices is forcing hundreds of Peruvian farmers to seek work in coca plantations-a sign that the country, like its neighbor Colombia, ...
Connecting the dots... [26.10.2018] How can we resolve the tensions between current drug control policies and states’ human rights obligations? The international human rights framework ...
Report says the UN's global 'war on drugs' has been a failure [22.10.2018] The United Nations' drug strategy of the past 10 years has been a failure, according to a major report by the International Drug Policy Consortium (I ...
Taking stock: A decade of drug policy [22.10.2018] ‘Taking stock: A decade of drug policy’ evaluates the impacts of drug policies implemented across the world over the past decade, using data from the ...
Colombia continues to break records for cocaine production, report says [19.09.2018] Colombia is desperate to shed its reputation as a nation dogged by the drug trade, but new figures from the United Nations show that it continues to ...
Murder in Colombia’s peace laboratory [19.07.2018] Colombian campesinos in Briceño, Antioquia have voluntarily uprooted their coca plants in exchange for government support to grow new crops. But with ...
Colombia coca production hits new record high, US figures say [26.06.2018] US estimates of coca production in Colombia show the Andean nation has set a new record for the amount of the drug-producing crop under cultivation, ...
More drugs, more deaths, more damage... [26.06.2018] In 2012, Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, referred to current drug control efforts as something akin to riding a stationary bicycle. "One kee ...
Record coca, record murders: the flipside of “peace” in southern Colombia [20.06.2018] Hundreds of Colombian farmers, activists, and community organisers have been killed over the past 18 months, despite the landmark peace deal that sup ...
Colombia’s two anti-coca strategies are at war with each other [20.02.2018] The government’s “comprehensive programme for illicit crop substitution” (PNIS) aims to replace the coca with a profitable legal crop. The crop-subst ...
Colombian farmers keep growing coca despite government crackdown and U.S. pressure [27.10.2017] According to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Colombia’s overall coca crop grew by a staggering 52 percent last year, to 345,000 acres, an area te ...
Trump delivers shock rebuke to Colombia over cocaine surge [14.09.2017] U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening that he may decertify Colombia as a partner in the war against drugs unless the South American nation reve ...
What does departure of top US anti-drug diplomat mean for LatAm policy? [30.08.2017] The planned resignation of the US State Department's top anti-drug official raises further questions about the future of US counternarcotics efforts ...
Coca and the Colombian Peace Accords [11.08.2017] Getting to the Briceño region in the heart of Antioquia requires an excellent vehicle, and a lot of time and luck. The week before our journey there ...
After decades of war, Colombian farmers face a new test: Peace [18.07.2017] Every three months or so, Javier Tupaz, a father of six, heads downhill from his clapboard home to work in his cocaine laboratory. Under a black tent ...
Is Colombia sacrificing coca farmers' trust for US Aid dollars? [17.05.2017] Colombia's defense minister divulged new coca eradication figures ahead of a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his US counte ...
Were peasant farmers poisoned by the U.S. war on drugs? [19.04.2017] After a 15-year legal battle, a U.S. jury will begin deliberations over whether a U.S. security contractor must pay damages to 2,000 Ecuadoran farmer ...
Acquittal in Spanish coca leaf legal case [23.03.2017] BARCELONA - Yesterday the unprecedented resolution of a court case for the importation of coca leaf powder (also known as mambe) took place at the Pr ...
Bolivia sees coca as a way to perk up its economy – but all everyone else sees is cocaine [15.03.2017] The vision of an expanding international market for legal coca products – such as flour, tea and ointments – is shared widely in Bolivia, and it was ...
Confronting Colombia’s coca boom requires patience and a commitment to the peace accords [13.03.2017] Colombia is in the midst of a coca boom, perhaps its largest ever. The coca boom’s causes are complex, and Colombia’s government is hoping that the U ...
Joint statement [13.03.2017] Exactly one year ago, in the 59th session of the CND, the Colombian government urged the international community to openly debate the results obtaine ...
The Global Forum of Producers of Prohibited Plants (GFPPP) [27.10.2016] The voices of affected communities involved in the cultivation of coca leaf, opium poppy and cannabis plants are lacking in the global debate on drug ...
Why is coca leaf left out of the drug research renaissance? [02.08.2016] While marijuana, magic mushrooms, and ayahuasca have all found their way into research labs, coca leaf, the mother of cocaine, seems to be off-limits ...
Opium poppy farmers reject crop ban, war on drugs [25.01.2016] Opium poppy farmers from Myanmar attending an international conference on “prohibited plants” have rejected a ban on growing their crops and urged an ...
The Heemskerk Declaration [20.01.2016] In a global meeting small scale farmers of cannabis, coca and opium from 14 countries in Heemskerk, the Netherlands, discussed their contribution to ...
Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer [09.11.2015] Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, erasing one of the showcase achievements of U.S. counternarcotics policy. Just two years after it ce ...
Bolivia stands up to US with coca-control policy [29.09.2015] The Habeas Coca report, published by Open Society Foundations in July, found that Bolivia slashed its illicit coca production by 34 percent over the ...
The White House blacklisted Bolivia for growing coca while US states sell legal weed [15.09.2015] The US has "decertified" Bolivia over what it calls a failure to comply with the UN drug control conventions, despite recent data showing the country ...
Building on Progress [14.08.2015] Bolivia has seen a decline in coca cultivation for the fourth consecutive year, according to data released today by the United Nations Office on Drug ...
Habeas Coca [14.07.2015] With significant pressure and earmarked funding from the United States and other demand-side countries, the Andean countries of Bolivia, Colombia, an ...

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