Global Finance, Energy and Environment: News, Views, and Stories of Interest
Sunday, December 18, 2011
DEA War of Drugs Moves Enterprising Producers to Neighbouring Peru (AJEnglish)
coca leaves, water, gasoline, ammonia, and lime; $750/kilo coca paste; isolated and abandoned by the state; no electricity; >300 tonnes of pure cocaine annually - most of which goes to Europe, Asia and South America.
Peru, one of the world's leading producers and exporters of cocaine, has seen the illicit trade boom in recent years.
The industry's growth has prompted the country's government to plan an anti-drug campaign.
Some experts blame the authorities for not taking enough action to stop the drug trade, while poor coca farmers say the government's failure to help them economically has forced them to continue in the business.
Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Peru's southern Vrae Valley, the world's densest coca producing region, in the first of a two part special.