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Deeply Rooted: Coca Eradication and Violence in Colombia

Coca gives Colombian small farmers a stable livelihood but also endangers their lives, as criminals battle over the drug trade and authorities try to shut it down.

Bogotá and Washington should abandon their heavy-handed elimination efforts and help growers find alternatives to the hardy plant.

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Coca crops have set record yields in Colombia since the 2016 peace accord with FARC guerrillas, persuading the government to expand its forced eradication campaign with the…

Bogotá claims that eliminating the plant will reduce rural violence.

Why does it matter? Insecurity in Colombia’s…

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