Colombian Drop in Coca Cultivation Offset by Shift to Other Illegal Crops

By Geraldine Cook
July 01, 2013

In 2012, Colombian farmers grew 118,000 acres of coca, the green bushes whose leaves provide the raw material for cocaine. That figure represents a huge reduction from the 402,000 acres of coca cultivated in 2000, when drug trafficking guerrillas and paramilitaries held sway in much of the Colombian countryside.