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Saturday, March 17

New York Times - In the War on Coca, Colombian Growers Simply Move Along: "American and Colombian officials who defend the eradication have noted that coca farmers with small- scale farms could voluntarily stop their coca in exchange for a benefits package. Many of those who fled Putumayo for Nariņo came from a region where farmers declined to sign pacts with the government to destroy their crops voluntarily. Ana Teresa Bernal, director of Redepaz, which works with the displaced, said 65 percent of those who fled worked in coca fields." A long story about Colombian coca growers and other players moving out of Putumayo into other provinces. The same thing happens in Peru.



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