NACLA Reports on Colombia’s ‘Precarious Peace’ Coca Growers Face Growing Pressure to Shelve their Lucrative Crop (E)
That transition is the radical overhaul of the local economy that is occurring as a result of the peace deal signed last year between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Ripping out the Roots: As an armed group, the FARC had maintained considerable territorial control for many years in several regions of the country, serving as the de-facto state in coca-growing territory.The coca-crop substitution program is one of the most complex aspects of the peace agreement that is aimed at putting an end to the country’s 53-year armed conflict, and it has already become the flashpoint of a recent wave of violence by state security forces participating in eradication effort as they confront the coca farmers, particularly in the southern department of Nariño. As an armed group, the FARC had maintained considerable territorial control for many years in several regions of the country, serving as the de-facto state in coca-growing territory. This history is at the crux of the first and fourth points of the six-point agenda that the FARC and the government signed and have been in the process of implementing since January.Mario Murillo, NACLA