Items tagged with eradication

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Is Colombia sacrificing coca farmers' trust for US Aid dollars? [17.05.2017] Colombia's defense minister divulged new coca eradication figures ahead of a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his US counte...
Were peasant farmers poisoned by the U.S. war on drugs? [19.04.2017] After a 15-year legal battle, a U.S. jury will begin deliberations over whether a U.S. security contractor must pay damages to 2,000 Ecuadoran farmer...
Mexico opens up its heroin fight to U.S., U.N. observers [07.04.2017] For the first time in at least a decade, Mexico's army is allowing the United States and the United Nations to observe opium poppy eradication, a ste...
«Une grande partie de l’argent du haschich ne profite pas à l’économie marocaine» [30.03.2017] Début mars, un rapport du département d’Etat américain a fait grand bruit, affirmant que la « production de cannabis » au Maroc équivalait à 23 % du ...
Confronting Colombia’s coca boom requires patience and a commitment to the peace accords [13.03.2017] Colombia is in the midst of a coca boom, perhaps its largest ever. The coca boom’s causes are complex, and Colombia’s government is hoping that the U...
Joint statement [13.03.2017] Exactly one year ago, in the 59th session of the CND, the Colombian government urged the international community to openly debate the results obtaine...
Morocco and Cannabis [10.03.2017] This policy briefing discusses whether or not the aim of reducing cannabis cultivation is realistic or beneficial for Morocco, what it would actually...
A New International Legal Regime for a New Reality in the War Against Drugs [26.01.2017] After twenty-three years under the latest international agreement, drug consumption has risen, production has increased, and some states remain helpl...
How Santos’ new peace deal aggravated Colombia’s drug war [25.01.2017] The chapter devoted to “solving the drug problem” in the first version of President Santos’ peace agreement was far from perfect. But it was the firs...
Colombian leader: "It makes no sense" to jail peasant over marijuana [10.12.2016] Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos used the Nobel podium in Norway to reiterate his call to "rethink" the war on drugs. "It makes no sense to imp...
The village where cannabis is the only livelihood [03.12.2016] For centuries, the villagers have been growing the plant that has made Malana one of the world's top stoner destinations, and a battleground – at lea...
Europe's outdoor cannabis capital [01.12.2016] Albania has become the largest producer of outdoor-grown cannabis in Europe. The potent plant has been described as "green gold" for struggling farme...
NCB destroys 62 acres of cannabis crop, 'innocent' villagers seek compensation [26.09.2016] In an indication of the extent of illegal cultivation of marijuana in the hills of Uttarakhand, sleuths from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have ...
To win the war on drugs, stop brutalising farmers who grow them [19.04.2016] Reform of international drug control is urgently needed. The war on drugs has left a trail of suffering and criminality in its wake and has manifestl...
Colombia’s "lost city of marijuana" [07.04.2016] The jungle around Toribío in southwestern Colombia is filled with vast pot plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see. At night, the greenhou...
Cash crops poisoned in Pondoland [07.04.2016] The villagers keep watch from January, waiting for police helicopters to thud over the hills. Every year, for nearly three decades, their plantations...
Killing the economic lifeblood of the Eastern Cape's weed-producing people [26.03.2016] In the mountains of Pondoland in the Eastern Cape, 'intsangu' is green gold: the key to the rural poor's economic survival. Why then, despite global ...
A new deal on drugs is as vital as a climate change accord [30.01.2016] Standing on the podium at the United Nations in New York in June 1998, Kofi Annan declared: "It is time for all nations to say 'yes' to the challenge...
A war on drugs? We'd be better off paying for a war on hunger [20.01.2016] Global drug control policies, much like tax or climate change, impact heavily on many areas of development and inevitably on efforts to meet many of ...
Cannabis in Indonesia [14.01.2016] Cannabis use has never posed major problems in Indonesia, yet prohibitionist policies prevail. Despite the high prevalence of cannabis use, local or ...
Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer [09.11.2015] Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, erasing one of the showcase achievements of U.S. counternarcotics policy. Just two years after it ce...
Multi-agency squad smashes illegal hemp cultivation in Odisha [30.10.2015] With the help of multi-agency squad comprising excise, revenue and forest officials, the Odisha police have destroyed over 3600 acres of hemp cultiva...
The other green belt [09.10.2015] It takes a lot for marijuana growers in the UK to attract police attention. Four forces – Derbyshire, Dorset, Durham and Surrey – declared that they ...
Bolivia stands up to US with coca-control policy [29.09.2015] The Habeas Coca report, published by Open Society Foundations in July, found that Bolivia slashed its illicit coca production by 34 percent over the ...
Building on Progress [14.08.2015] Bolivia has seen a decline in coca cultivation for the fourth consecutive year, according to data released today by the United Nations Office on Drug...
Habeas Coca [14.07.2015] With significant pressure and earmarked funding from the United States and other demand-side countries, the Andean countries of Bolivia, Colombia, an...
Colombia says rise in coca cultivation shows why it was right to stop spraying [01.07.2015] A new UN study showing a steep rise in the cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine offers fresh support to Colombia’s recent decision to end the...
Defying U.S., Colombia halts aerial spraying of crops used to make cocaine [13.05.2015] The government of Colombia rejected a major tool in the American-backed antidrug campaign — ordering a halt to the aerial spraying of the country’s v...
Colombia to ban coca spraying herbicide glyphosate [09.05.2015] Colombia has announced it will stop using a controversial herbicide to destroy illegal plantations of coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine. The decis...
Last flight looms for US-funded air war on drugs as Colombia counts health cost [05.05.2015] For more than two decades crop dusters have buzzed the skies of Colombia showering bright green fields of coca with chemical defoliant as part of a U...
The problem of glyphosate spraying [13.04.2015] An article published recently in El Espectador commented on the two issues that underpin the Colombian discourse on the subject of drugs. To be preci...
War on dagga puts rural people at toxic risk, specialists warn [18.03.2015] The climate in the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape in South Africa has made cultivating dagga (cannabis sativa) popular since people settled here cent...
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs in 2016 [16.02.2015] In April 2016, representatives of the world’s nations will gather to evaluate drug policy in a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGAS...
Mexico’s missing marijuana mystery [03.02.2015] Every year, soldiers roam Mexico’s hinterland in search of illegal marijuana plots. Massive eradication campaigns have been part of Mexican life sinc...
Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply U.S. heroin boom [03.02.2015] Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of G...
Jumblatt renews calls to legalize marijuana [13.12.2014] Walid Jumblatt has renewed calls to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana. The head of the Progressive Socialist Party wrote that the time h...
Marijuana farmers in the Bekaa struggling to survive as profits decline [12.09.2014] Farmers in the Bekaa Valley are not ashamed of growing marijuana. It is neither a disgrace nor a mistake, “We grow it to survive” they say candidly. ...
Violents affrontements entre autorités et cultivateurs de kif [15.07.2014] Le 7 juillet dernier, une violente altercation a opposé les forces de l'ordre aux cultivateurs de cannabis dans la tribu de Beni Barbar car les autor...
Cannabis farmers to resist state’s decision to destroy crops [08.07.2014] The government's decision to begin destroying cannabis farms in the Bekaa Valley has angered impoverished farmers whose livelihoods rely heavily on d...
Bekaa farmers push against eradicating marijuana growth in Lebanon [02.06.2014] The growth of cannabis is gradually increasing in the fields in the Bekaa valley. This is mainly due to policies adopted by successive governments th...
High in the Rif, Morocco’s kif culture thrives [27.05.2013] "If you try to grow other crops here they will fail," says Ahmed, surrounded by lush green fields of cannabis, the illegal plant he and thousands of ...
FARC proposes drug legalization at peace talks [06.02.2013] At peace talks in Cuba, Colombian guerrilla group the FARC outlined a proposal to legalize drug consumption and cultivation, complementing reforms th...
The illicit drugs market in the Colombian agrarian context [31.01.2013] The distribution of land and its unjust use are the major causes of violence in Colombia. For this reason land issues are the starting point of curre...
Has Bolivia's coca-growing scheme worked? [03.01.2013] Bolivian president Evo Morales, a former coca-leaf farmer, came to power promising to defend the right of Bolivians to produce coca for traditional u...
Cannabis fields in Bekaa destroyed for second day [23.07.2012] Authorities continued efforts to eradicate cannabis fields in the Bekaa, east Lebanon, as normal activity in the region remained subdued due to repor...
Peru’s New Drug Chief: Country “Let Down Its Guard” in Eradication [18.01.2012] The outspoken Ricardo Soberon was head of Devida for about five months and was in favor of a stronger intervention in drug policies by his institutio...
Back to Business as Usual as Peru Loses Progressive Drug Czar [15.01.2012] Despite promising signs that Peru’s new president was ready to take a fresh approach to drug policy, focused on attacking traffickers and not coca fa...
Peru replaces drug czar who de-emphasized coca plant eradication, saying it hurt poor growers [10.01.2012] Peru’s government on Tuesday replaced its drug czar, whose refusal to endorse an all-out coca crop eradication effort put him at odds with the Cabine...
Drug Policy in the Andes [15.12.2011] Fifty years after signing the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and 40 years after the U.S. government declared a "war on drugs," ma...
Peru's new anti-drug czar in delicate dance with U.S. [18.10.2011] Peru's leftist government has scored some early victories in its bid to overhaul anti-drugs policy in the world's top coca grower while keeping the U...

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