All About Coca

COCA / 26 FEB 2018

Despite President Santos’ promise to rid Colombia’s natural parks from coca crops, a news report argues that the country's ecologically-rich protected areas remain safe havens for criminal groups looking not…

COCA / 22 FEB 2018

A new report says that homicide rates increased substantially between 2016 and 2017 in municipalities in Colombia partaking in coca crop substitution programs, highlighting the fragility of the program…

BRAZIL / 9 JAN 2018

Latin America’s criminal landscape continued to evolve this year, driven by the ongoing record production of cocaine in South America’s Andean region, the booming market for opioids in the United…

COCA / 5 JAN 2018

President Donald Trump’s approach to US security policy in Latin America has flailed during his first year in office, with his administration alienating key international allies, backing flawed anti-crime strategies…

BOLIVIA / 3 JAN 2018

Cocaine is one of the world’s most in-demand drugs. Its production center is in the Andean region of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, where hundreds of tons of white powder are…

COCA / 18 DEC 2017

The government of Colombia has issued seemingly contradictory statements regarding the amount of coca it aims to forcibly eradicate next year.

COCA / 12 DEC 2017

Ojo-Público visited San Pedro de Putina Punco, a district located in Sandia province in the jungles of Peru’s southern Puno city. Illegal coca crops, maceration ponds, clandestine airstrips and…

COCA / 3 NOV 2017

Colombia and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an agreement to cooperate on the Andean nation's coca reduction strategy. But the plan's success will likely depend…

COCA / 20 OCT 2017

A new report quantifies the progress of Colombia's coca crop substitution program under the peace agreement, and calls for US leniency and support despite a rocky start and a closing…

COCA / 6 OCT 2017

A protest by farmers in Colombia against government eradication of coca crops left several civilians dead and wounded. But conflicting version of events have made it difficult to determine whether…

COCA / 27 SEP 2017

The US ambassador to Colombia publicly aired his country's main grievances with regard to Colombia's peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group, adding to growing pressure from the United States…

COCA / 22 SEP 2017

Colombia's coca cultivation boom is not only being blamed for increased cocaine consumption in the United States, it is also being held responsible for an alleged growth in local demand…

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