WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
10 Jun 2011 | Video

Alternative Development Strategies in Nariño, Colombia: “The sense of brotherhood returned”

Senior Associate Adam Isacson talks with Wilfredo Landa Caicedo and José Félix Cruel Sánchez, leaders of the Community Council of Rescate-Las Varas, in the municipality of Tumaco, Nariño, Colombia. A few years ago, their community accounted for perhaps 1 percent of all coca grown in Colombia, but they managed to convince all of its residents to participate in an alternative development proposal supported by the Nariño governor's office. Nearly all coca has now been eradicated from Las Varas — a rare, and fragile, success story in Tumaco, which is Colombia's number-one coca-growing municipality.