All About Coca

COCA / 14 MAR 2017

New US government estimates of coca production in Colombia indicate the South American country is growing more of the drug-producing crop than ever before, a development that is likely driving…

COCA / 7 MAR 2017

An annual US report on drug trafficking worldwide illustrates drastically increased cocaine availability in the United States and a shift in global trafficking trends, which correspond to a possibly record-breaking…

BOLIVIA / 24 FEB 2017

Bolivia's government has agreed to raise permitted levels of legal coca production after violent protests by farmers, in a move that exacerbates the flaw in the country's otherwise largely successful…

COCA / 24 FEB 2017

Colombia's rural communities stand to gain -- and potentially lose ­-- the most as the country's 50-year-old armed conflict turns a new leaf. Coca-growing communities fear that they will lose…

BOLIVIA / 3 FEB 2017

The UNODC has promised to expand cooperation with the government of Bolivia on combating organized crime, drug trafficking and corruption, a sign of the international community's continued support for the…

COCA / 9 JAN 2017

Colombia has outlined plans to mitigate surging coca cultivations -- one of the biggest threats to lasting peace in the country -- as the FARC guerrillas' demobilization process moves slowly…

COCA / 28 NOV 2016

At first glance, estimates of Peru's coca cultivation and eradication figures simply don't add up, which has led to claims of statistical manipulation. InSight Crime takes a closer look at…

COCA / 17 NOV 2016

Colombia has seized a record amount of cocaine in 2016, which according to official statistics would suggest it has stopped nearly half of all cocaine flowing through the country. InSight…

BOLIVIA / 16 NOV 2016

Recent statistics from Bolivia provide mixed outlooks on how much cocaine the country is producing. InSight Crime takes a look at how the figures do not always reflect the facts.

COCA / 8 NOV 2016

One year after Colombia's decision to halt the aerial fumigation of coca crops, eradication levels have plummeted at the same time that coca production continues to soar, a trend that…

COCA / 12 OCT 2016

Peru has eradicated more than 22,000 hectares of coca so far in 2016, suggesting yet another year of declining cultivation in the Andean nation even as the dramatic rise of…

COCA / 11 OCT 2016

Peru's government will once again implement a militarized security strategy for the coca-producing VRAEM region, a policy which could lead to increased confrontations between authorities and the Shining Path guerrilla…

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