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POLICY ANALYSIS: the Latest in the Failed U.S. Drug War in Colombia

September 29th, 2008

Forced Manual Eradication: The Wrong Solution to the Failed U.S. Counter-Narcotics Policy in Colombia

A Joint Witness for Peace - Asociación Minga Report
September 2008

Faced with the failure of the ineffective and inhumane aerial eradication program to curb coca production in Colombia, policymakers in Bogotá and Washington made a quiet but significant policy shift to vastly expand a new eradication strategy in 2007---forced manual eradication (FME). For the first time since the 2000 passage of the multi-billion dollar Plan Colombia package, aerial eradication declined in 2007 while FME dramatically increased, expanding by 54 percent. Yet while aerial eradication and FME combined reach a record level of coca eradication in 2007, according to a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimate, Colombian coca production actually increased by 27%. Recently released U.S. figures also show production increasing-approaching an all-time high.

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