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A coca fumigation plane operating in Colombia

Colombia Coca Eradication Drops Amid Rebel Actions

Colombia is set to miss its 2013 coca eradication target by a considerable margin, largely due to actions by FARC guerrillas who target spray planes, leave booby...
Peruvian eradicators in the Upper Huallaga Valley

Peru Breaks Coca Eradication Record

Peru has eradicated a record amount of coca in 2013, surpassing the country's goal for the year of 22,000 hectares, an achievement likely linked both to increased...
Bolivians chewing coca leaves

Stalled Bolivia Coca Report Delivers Moderate Verdict

Bolivia's long-awaited coca use study has found the country needs to cultivate over 14,000 hectares of the crop to satisfy legal demand, a number more than double...
Bolivian opposition politician Juan del Granado

Report Leak Undermines Bolivia’s Legal Coca Policies

An opposition politician says he has seen a long-delayed report on Bolivia's coca cultivation and that it concludes the country needs only 6,000 hectares to...
Funeral of soldier Oscar Gironda Porres

Bolivia Registers 1st Murders of Coca Eradicators

A police officer and a soldier have been killed and others taken hostage in an alleged "ambush" by coca growers in northwest Bolivia thought to have ties with...
Bolivian Director of Coca Industrialization Luis Cutipa

Bolivia Coca Monitoring Chief Accused of Stealing Coca Leaf

The head of Bolivia's coca commercialization agency has been arrested on corruption charges, in a blow to President Evo Morales' campaign to convince the...
Coca eradication in Peru

Peru Now World’s Biggest Coca Cultivator: UN

Peru has overtaken Colombia as the world’s largest coca crop cultivator, reinforcing its position as the world's primary cocaine producer and highlighting the...
Negotiations between the Colombian government and coca farmers.

Colombia Strikes Coca Substitution Deal with Protesters

Colombia's government and protesting coca farmers have reached an initial agreement that could provide a starting point for crop substitution measures being...
President Evo Morales at a coca factory

Flour to Be Bolivia’s Next Legal Coca Product?

Coca flour could be the next product used in Bolivia's desperate push to develop a legal market for coca products, following the recommendations of a drug policy...
Infrared aerial photograph shows destruction of primary forest

UN Says Colombia Coca Cultivation Down by 25%

The annual United Nations report on coca cultivation in Colombia shows the number of hectares cultivated has dropped by a quarter, although this does not...
Aerial shot of coca crops in Yungas

Bolivia Reduces Coca Crop for Second Straight Year: UN

Bolivia has reduced coca production for the second straight year, according to a United Nations study, a trend that the UN attributes to government efforts to...