In the face of Colombia’s coca boom, patience and perseverance are needed most. The Santos government’s eradication efforts will probably bring some reduction in the much-watched statistic of cultivated hectares, taking some political pressure off next year. Success doesn’t depend on Santos, ultimately, but on his successor continuing and intensifying the peace accords’ commitment to investing in rural areas.
If Colombia’s political leadership slacks off again, allowing violent criminals to fill the vacuum, it will have blown a huge opportunity. And Colombia’s stubborn coca problem will only persist. World Politics Review
"According to official figures, eradication policies reduced the spread of coca leaf crops in Colombia from about 180,000 hectares in 2000 to 90,000 in 2002 and to 40,000 in 2010, but aerial spraying was suspended in 2014. There was a new increase, reaching almost 200 thousand in 2016.
Under this scenario, Colombia expects yet another increase in cocaine production, with some 2, 400 tons in 2017, compared to 1,700 in 2016 and 1,200 in 2015. El Universal