Mr Cundalatin and the other 120 families who live in the region of La Esmeralda and work on its 20 coca plantations are living with uncertainty as Farc, the country’s largest rebel group, evolves from armed warfare to peaceful politics. A truce, signed in December, promises them peace, but it may also strip them of their livelihood. “The peace process is like a new life for us,” says Mr Cundalatin. Wil Crisp, The Times (Paywall)
Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine and the nation with the highest number of acreage dedicated to coca crops. In, Briceño, Antioquia where a joint FARC-Government crop substitution plan has been implemented, there are an estimated 1,500 hectares of illicit crops, feeding some 2,000 families. Peasants in these areas rust the guerrillas, who buy coca and play the role of authority.
Reducing these numbers would reshape the nation's international image and help taper drug trafficking, a generator of violence and public health problems. Residents expect the government to comply with the pilot plan, so that FARC leave the business.Projekte.jonamag.de
"In addition, the United States Government seriously considered designating Colombia as a country that has failed demonstrably to adhere to its obligations under international counternarcotics agreements due to the extraordinary growth of coca cultivation and cocaine production over the past 3 years, including record cultivation during the last 12 months. Ultimately, Colombia is not designated because the Colombian National Police and Armed Forces are close law enforcement and security partners of the United States in the Western Hemisphere, they are improving interdiction efforts, and have restarted some eradication that they had significantly curtailed beginning in 2013. I will, however, keep this designation under section 706(2)(A) of the FRAA as an option, and expect Colombia to make significant progress in reducing coca cultivation and production of cocaine." Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State