Category Archives: Coca

The Coca-Cocaine Economy, the US ‘War on Drugs’ and Bolivia’s Democratic Transition (1982-1993)

AIN Visiting Scholar Allan Gillies explores the history of U.S and Bolivian Clashing perspectives on the Drug War.

The last remaining DEA agents left Bolivia in January 2009, bringing to a close more than three decades of DEA-presence within the country.  President Evo Morales had ordered the expulsion of the US agency in response to the harms caused by the ‘war on drugs’ and perceived US-meddling in the internal affairs of Bolivia.

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Nuevo Informe: Lecciones de Bolivia

En febrero de 2017, una delegación de 8 cocaleros de distintas regiones de Colombia viajó a Bolivia para conocer la transición del país desde la erradicación forzosa y el desarrollo alternativo condicionado hacia el control social de la coca y el desarrollo integral. A través de reuniones con la sociedad civil, organizaciones sociales y ministerios, se alentó a la delegación para que visualice cómo se podrían aplicar las experiencias bolivianas en Colombia, donde la reducción de la coca emergió como un punto fundamental en la transición histórica del posconflicto. read more

New AIN Report: Lessons from Bolivia

In February 2017, a delegation of 8 coca growers from across Colombia traveled to Bolivia to learn about the country’s shift from forced eradication and conditioned alternative development to community coca control and integrated development. Through meetings with civil society, social organizations, and government ministries, the delegation was encouraged to envision how Bolivia’s experiences could apply to Colombia, where coca reduction has emerged as a critical point in the historic post-conflict transition. read more

World Politics Review: Negotiating With Growers, Bolivia Forges Its Own Approach to Coca Production

Written by AIN Contributor Linda Farthing in the World Politics Review, “Negotiating with Growers, Bolivia Forges its own Approach to Coca Production” analyzes Bolivia’s new coca and controlled substance laws.

l_bolivia_04112017_1Negotiating With Growers, Bolivia Forges Its Own Approach to Coca Production

Linda Farthing

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Last month, Bolivia passed new coca and drug control laws that marked another milestone in the independent—but to his critics, controversial—drug policy fashioned by President Evo Morales’ government. A decade in the making, the laws “were an essential step because the former drug law was imposed by the U.S.,” the vice minister for social movement coordination, Alfredo Rada, told the local press. He was referring to a 1988 law pushed by the United States that limited the production of coca—the main ingredient in cocaine—and carried harsh penalties for illegal cultivation…
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Guardian article explores domestic & international reactions to Bolivia’s new coca law

Bolivia sees coca as a way to perk up its economy – but all everyone else sees is cocaine

Farmers can now grow more of the ‘star product’, but officials underestimated international resistance because coca is so widely accepted as harmless in Bolivia

‘We have a star product that is stuck sleeping in our country.’
‘We have a star product that is stuck sleeping in our country.’ Photograph: Jorge Bernal/AFP/Getty Images
by Linda Farthing in La Paz

Ricardo Hegedus raised his voice so he could be heard over the clanging of tea-packaging machines. “Coca is a marvellous gift of nature, offering a moderate stimulant like coffee – but full of vitamins and minerals,” he said.

Hegedus, the manager of Windsor – Bolivia’s largest coca leaf tea producer – pointed to stacked boxes of teabags and said: “We have dreamt of exporting coca tea for the 26 years I have worked here.” read more