Drugs & Development

Coca leaf, a mild stimulant, is commonly used among Bolivia's indigenous communities

Coca leaf, a mild stimulant, is commonly used among Bolivia's indigenous communities

The Bolivian government plans to expand the legal production of coca leaves, the raw material from which cocaine is produced, in a bid to reduce illegal cultivation of...
Can Peru Reform the Country's Notorious Coca-Growing Region?

The VRAEM is one of Peru's key areas for coca cultivation. Source: Wikipedia

Peru’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK), has proposed a new alternative development plan for the country’s main coca-growing region in the hope of...

Photo source: Thomas Grisaffi/FPIF

On May 14, 2015, the government of Colombia announced that it would stop using glyphosate in the aerial fumigation of coca crops. The herbicide was being used as part of...
Coca farmer, Bolvia

Coca farmer, Bolvia

Bolivia looks set to expand the area of legally cultivated coca in the country, though questions remain over whether the proposed amount exceeds demand in the country...
Despite a growing understanding of the close relationship between development and drugs, there remains a lack of cohesion in policy moving toward the United Nation...
In the coming years, Myanmar will legally sell coffee to China instead of illicitly selling opium; at least that is how the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (...
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) is reportedly set to provide Nigeria with aircraft to destory the country's marijuana crops, a dangerous...
The United Kingdom’s controversial decision to ban khat, the popular herbal stimulant used by thousands of Africans in Britain, is set to have enormous socio-...

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