Category Archives: Coca

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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‘Bolivia’s Smarter Approach’ – Open Society Foundations’ Diego Garcia-Devis comments on ‘Habeas Coca’

Diego Garcia-Devis’ comments on Linda Farthing and Kathryn Ledebur’s recent article ‘Habeas Coca‘ are republished here under a Creative Commons license authorising non-commercial reproduction. The original can be found here.   Bolivia’s Smarter Approach to Controlling Coca Production Forced crop eradication using harmful pesticides and without viable livelihood alternatives has put the health and economies of local communities at risk and […]

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‘Habeas Coca'; Bolivia’s Community Control

AIN founder Linda Farthing and director Kathryn Ledebur recently published a report for the Open Society Foundation Global Drug Policy Program covering Bolivia’s successful model of community control over coca cultivation. A few introductory remarks from the Open Society Foundation are reproduced below; you can read the entire memo in pdf form by following this link: Bolivia Report-Habeas Coca-US-07-06-2015-corr1 (1) (1) “With […]

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LA Times Misfires in Attempt to Shoot Down Bolivian Drug Control Efforts

AIN comments on “Peru may resume shooting down suspected coke -smuggling planes” in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. On April 26th, the Los Angeles Times published an article criticizing Bolivia’s role as an ‘air bridge’ facilitating the passage of cocaine between producers in Peru and consumers in Brazil and beyond. The article included extended commentary from Peruvian and Chilean sources and a […]

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Bolivian Political and Social Landscape: Primer for Pending Presidential Elections

As the presidential campaigns gain momentum, AIN outlines the political and social landscape in Bolivia to provide background to understand upcoming electoral debates. President Evo Morales is running for a third term in the October 12, 2014 elections.  Critics argue he is not eligible to run for another consecutive term, but the Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal ruled in his favor, and […]

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Al ritmo de otro tambor: El control social comunitario del cultivo de la coca en Bolivia

Tenemos el agrado de anunciar el más reciente número de NACLA (Congreso Norteamericano sobre Latino América) en el que Linda Farthing, una inveterada colaboradora de Red Andina de Información (RAI), hizo de editora invitada.   El número se llama Reimaginando la Política de Lucha Contra las Drogas  en las Américas e incluye artículos acerca de la actual política de la coca […]

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To the Beat of a Different Drum: Bolivia’s Community Coca Control

We are pleased to announce the latest issue of NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America) that AIN long-time collaborator Linda Farthing guest edited. The issue is called Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas and includes articles about current coca policy in Bolvia written by AIN director Kathryn Ledebur and Linda Farthing, and by AIN collaborator Tom Grisaffi. It also […]

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