Posted on January 29, 2017 11:36 am
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Coca Cultivation as the Achilles Heel of the Peace Process

The bad news of the moment is that there are no longer 96,000 hectares [one hectare=2.47 acres] of coca crops in the country, which was the official figure of 2015. The most optimistic government estimate states that the figure is more like 150,000 hectares and pessimists put it a 200,000. This is a time bomb, and potentially the most negative factor to consolidating peace. The good news is that a two-pronged strategy is currently under way: forced eradication; and the replacement of crops as agreed in Havana. The goal in 2017 is to reduce the cultivated area by 100,000 hectares. A praiseworthy goal, but both strategies present daunting challenges. Semana