The objectives of development should be integrated into drug policies, particularly in developing countries. Crop eradication should not be carried out unless alternative livelihoods and the infrastructure on which they depend have been put in place first. In addition, the effectiveness of drug policies must be gauged against developmental and human security criteria.
Processing coca leaves into coca paste is considerably more profitable for farmers than selling unprocessed leaves. However, paste is not covered by the judicial immunity granted as part of the peace deal, leaving farmers with a legal dilemma.
Workshop session within the International Conference on ‘Right to science and freedom of research on narcotic and psychotropic substances’, organized by Associazione Luca Coscioni (ALC) and hosted by the University of Turin (UNITO)