WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
Program Theme

Coca and Development in the Andes

Forced eradication campaigns in the Andes, strongly backed by the U.S. government, have pushed some of the world’s poorest people deeper into poverty. These policies—including aerial herbicide spraying or “fumigation”—have generated conflict, instability, and human rights violations. For nearly three decades, WOLA has worked to promote an alternative approach based on economic development to decrease poor farmers’ reliance on coca and to gradually achieve sustainable reductions in crops grown for illicit markets. WOLA also supports efforts to remove the prohibitions in international conventions on coca leaf that impede using the plant for traditional purposes and otherwise legal consumer products.