The Cato Accord: Bolivia’s Humane and Effective Approach to Controlling Coca Cultivation

Author: Thomas Grisaffi for Andean Information Network. Abstract: In 2006 President Morales made a radical break with the US-backed antidrug strategy, which focused on the forced eradication of coca leaf and the criminalization of coca growers. The new policy, often referred to as ‘coca yes cocaine no,’ draws on the coca growers’ own distinction between coca leaf (which has been […]

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El Control Social en Bolivia: Un análisis etnográfico de las políticas de control de la coca en Bolivia

Author: Thomas Grisaffi para Red Andina de Información. Este artículo presenta un resumen de la política de control de la coca en Bolivia. Dos décadas de erradicación forzosa fracasaron rotundamente, generando pobreza y gruesas violaciones a los derechos humanos sin que cumplieran su objetivo: reducir los cultivos de coca. En 2004 el gobierno Boliviano otorgó derechos para cultivar un cato […]

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Working Paper by Thomas Grisaffi and Kathryn Ledebur: Supply Control or Social Control

Abstract: For over two decades the US has funded repressive forced coca eradication in Peru, Colombia and Bolivia to reduce the illegal cocaine trade. These policies have never met their stated goals and have generated violence and poverty. In 2006 Bolivia definitively broke with the US anti-narcotics model, replacing the militarized eradication of coca crops with a community-based coca control […]

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Huffington Post: ‘Operation Naked King: U.S. Secretly Targeted Bolivia’s Evo Morales In Drug Sting

Authors: Ryan Grim, Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post, and Nick Wing Senior Viral Editor, The Huffington Post Original article from the Huffington Post. Reproduced with permission. The United States has secretly indicted top officials connected to the government of Bolivian President Evo Morales for their alleged involvement in a cocaine trafficking scheme. The indictments, secured in a U.S. Drug […]

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Comunicado de prensa RAI/WOLA: Innovadoras políticas bolivianas de control de coca logran importante reducción en el cultivo de coca

Comunicado de prensa 14 de septiembre de 2015 Innovadoras políticas bolivianas de control de coca logran importante reducción en el cultivo de coca Informe ofrece contexto ante determinación anual sobre drogas de la Casa Blanca Washington, D.C. y Cochabamba, Bolivia — Por el cuarto año consecutivo, Bolivia ha experimentado una reducción neta en el cultivo de hoja de coca, según […]

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AIN on WOLA podcast: “BUILDING ON PROGRESS” – Bolivia’s Unheralded Drug Policy Success

AIN Executive Director Kathryn Ledebur recently joined Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America on the ‘Latin America Today’ podcast to discuss Bolivia’s success in decreasing coca cultivation. You can listen to the podcast here. Coletta Youngers and Kathryn Ledebur’s report discussed in the podcast is available here to read as a pdf; Building on Progress. It covers […]

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UNODC Official Coca Statistics Show Decline In Cultivation for Fourth Year Running

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime today released their latest figures for coca cultivation in Bolivia, showing a reduction in overall cultivation. The figures also reveal that the price of dried coca leaf has gone up, as have confiscations of cocaine. Our translation of the UNODC report follows. It can be viewed as a pdf here: UNODC BOLIVIA […]

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Cultivos de coca en Bolivia siguen bajando según ONUDD: comunicado de prensa

INNOVADORAS POLÍTICAS BOLIVIANAS DE CONTROL DE COCA LOGRAN IMPORTANTE REDUCCIÓN EN EL CULTIVO Experiencia boliviana contiene lecciones para países andinos, ofrece alternativa a la erradicación forzosa 17 ago 2015 Washington, D.C. y Cochabamba, Bolivia — Por cuarto año consecutivo, Bolivia ha experimentado una reducción en el cultivo de hoja de coca, según estadísticas dadas a conocer hoy por la Oficina […]

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