Category Archives: Chart of the Day

Recent Statistics on Coca Cultivation in the Andes

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s recently published Coca Monitoring Reports for Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru reveal that Bolivia once again is the lowest producer of coca among the Andean countries. Peru produces nearly twice as much coca as Bolivia, while Colombia, having experienced a surge in coca production since last year, produces nearly five times the amount of coca as Bolivia. Whereas Colombia and Peru continue to implement forced eradication strategies, Bolivia’s community coca control strategy has proven successful in decreasing levels of coca production.Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 3.50.15 PM

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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 Coca monitoring results-August 2015

This table is also available to view as a pdf by clicking the link above.
This table is also available to view as a pdf by clicking the link above.

*Quantification of coca leaf cultivation based on visual interpretation of high resolution satellite images.

**Yield factor from studies carried out in 1993 (DEA) and 2005 (UNODC) determined as upper limits in the current report.

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Constitutional Tribunal to Rule on Bolivia’s Abortion Prohibition: Religious and Political Debate Eclipses Public Health Crisis

Constitutional Tribunal to Rule on Bolivia’s Abortion Prohibition: Religious and Political Debate Eclipses Public Health Crisis

The Bolivian Constitutional Tribunal is considering the constitutionality of the country’s abortion legislation.  The emotionally charged and morally focused debate in Bolivia has eclipsed public health crisis of abortion and the risks that Bolivian women face trying to exert control over their bodies.  Lack of access to and information about sexual and reproductive health combined with cultural taboos and widespread sexual violence put women’s health at risk and severely limit their choices.  Examining data about abortion and sexual and reproductive health provides a fact-based perspective about the health issues and complicated social dynamics surrounding abortion.

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US ONDCP Retroactively Reduced Coca Cultivation Estimates 2005-2011

The ONDCP has also retroactively  (and without any explanation) reduced it’s estimates for Bolivian coca cultivation from 2005-2011 (the years since Morales’s election).   I’m not sure what’s going on here, but I wonder if they will revise all the critiques of dramatic increases in coca production in the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report?

Source: ONDCP Coca in the Andes

Coca Cultivation in Colombia vs. Bolivia: Recently Revised US Statistics

Although the US frequently pats Colombia on the back for coca reduction and anti-drug efforts, Bolivia’s coca cultivation is substantially lower than Colombia’s, especially when factoring in the 12,000 hectares of coca destined for licit uses.  In Colombia, there is a much smaller traditional use, and no legal designation for licit coca.

Recently revised US statistics on coca cultivation in the Colombia and Bolivia (not destined for traditional use):

Source: ONDCP Coca in the Andes

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