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Bolivian Coca Cultivation and the International Cocaine Trade


Main Image Credit Farmers working on a coca plantation in Western Bolivia. Courtesy of Neil Palmer/Wikimedia.


Bolivia has increased the national limit for legal coca cultivation from 12,000 to 22,000 hectares. But will increased cultivation fuel the illegal cocaine trade?

In March, Bolivian President Evo Morales signed into law a new coca cultivation Bill, which increases the national limit for legal coca cultivation from 12,000 to 22,000 hectares. Morales claimed the law would ‘guarantee coca supplies for life’ for legal users of the plant, while effectively dismantling the illicit market. Yet the Bill has sparked renewed fears that increased cultivation will fuel the illegal cocaine trade. Historically, the region has responded to the drug

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