All About Coca

COCA / 16 DEC 2013

Colombia is set to miss its 2013 coca eradication target by a considerable margin, largely due to actions by FARC guerrillas who target spray planes, leave booby traps to kill…

COCA / 28 NOV 2013

Peru has eradicated a record amount of coca in 2013, surpassing the country's goal for the year of 22,000 hectares, an achievement likely linked both to increased anti-drug efforts and…

BOLIVIA / 13 NOV 2013

Bolivia's long-awaited coca use study has found the country needs to cultivate over 14,000 hectares of the crop to satisfy legal demand, a number more than double opposition claims but…

BOLIVIA / 28 OCT 2013

An opposition politician says he has seen a long-delayed report on Bolivia's coca cultivation and that it concludes the country needs only 6,000 hectares to meet legal demand, claims…

BOLIVIA / 21 OCT 2013

A police officer and a soldier have been killed and others taken hostage in an alleged "ambush" by coca growers in northwest Bolivia thought to have ties with Peruvian drug…

BOLIVIA / 9 OCT 2013

The head of Bolivia's coca commercialization agency has been arrested on corruption charges, in a blow to President Evo Morales' campaign to convince the international community Bolivia can effectively balance…

COCA / 25 SEP 2013

Peru has overtaken Colombia as the world’s largest coca crop cultivator, reinforcing its position as the world's primary cocaine producer and highlighting the growing demand for the drug in Europe…

COCA / 29 AUG 2013

Colombia's government and protesting coca farmers have reached an initial agreement that could provide a starting point for crop substitution measures being discussed in peace talks with the FARC, but…

BOLIVIA / 16 AUG 2013

Coca flour could be the next product used in Bolivia's desperate push to develop a legal market for coca products, following the recommendations of a drug policy expert who said…

COCA / 8 AUG 2013

The annual United Nations report on coca cultivation in Colombia shows the number of hectares cultivated has dropped by a quarter, although this does not necessarily translate into a drop…

BOLIVIA / 8 AUG 2013

Bolivia has reduced coca production for the second straight year, according to a United Nations study, a trend that the UN attributes to government efforts to contain illegal production…

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