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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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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‘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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