Has Bolivia's coca-growing scheme worked?

We ask if the president's move to reject US drug eradication policies was the best for his country's coca farmers
Al Jazeera
Thursday, January 4, 2013

bags-of-coca-leavesBolivian president Evo Morales, a former coca-leaf farmer, came to power promising to defend the right of Bolivians to produce coca for traditional uses. He kicked out the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2009, and began the country's own system of regulating coca-leaf production. Morales' move brought heavy criticism from Washington, and led the US government to conclude that Bolivia was failing to meet its commitment to fight the production of cocaine. But a new WOLA report suggests that the country's unorthodox measures are working