HomeNewsBriefBolivia Falls Behind on 2012 Coca Eradication Target

Bolivia Falls Behind on 2012 Coca Eradication Target


Bolivia's government announced that it eradicated just 144 hectares of coca in January, leaving it far off-target on its aim to remove all 10,000 hectares of illicit coca crops in 2012.

The statistics, released by the vice minister of social defense, showed that the majority of coca eradication occurred in the department of Cochabamba, where 119.9 hectares were removed.

InSight Crime Analysis

The news that only 144 hectares of coca were eliminated could be an embarrassment for Evo Morales' administration, given its statement last month that it plans to remove 10,000 hectares of illicit coca crops in 2012. If successful, this would bring the total crop in the country down to around the legal level of 20,000 hectares.

One of the reasons behind the low eradication rate, according to La Razon, could be resistance encountered by Bolivia's Joint Task Force (FTC), which was ejected from a coca growing area by 400 farmers on January 9.

However, another possible cause of January's low eradication figures is that this month is the height of Bolivia's rainy season, making eradication efforts more complicated.

The US Anti-Narcotics Office in Bolivia has reduced the funds it provides to the government down to $10 million this year, down from the $15 million provided in 2011, potentially hindering eradication work. Morales has promised his armed forces that the government will cover this loss, ensuring that their anti-drug efforts will not be underfunded.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.


What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.


Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.


Related Content

BOLIVIA / 2 SEP 2022

Peru coca prices are low. And that's leading to potential cocaine production in Bolivia.


Authorities in Argentina are seizing bumper crops of coca leaves coming over the country's northwest border with Bolivia, causing the…

BOLIVIA / 10 FEB 2022

The gunning down of two Brazilian traffickers in a Bolivian border department is the latest example of spillover violence wrought…

About InSight Crime


Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.


InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.


Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …


InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…


Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…