Drug Crop Production, Poverty, and Development

February 9, 2016
3:45 - 7:15 pm EST


Tuesday, February 9

3:45 pm EST Introductory remarks by Diego Garcia Devis and Juan Barrero     Watch On-Demand
  • Diego Garcia Devis is a program officer for the Open Society Foundations Global Drug Policy Program.
  • Juan Barrero is a documentary photographer.
7:00 pm EST Closing remarks and reading of the grower declaration by Pedro Arenas     Watch On-Demand
  • Pedro Arenas is director of the Observatory on Growers and Crops Declared Illicit, Colombia.
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About this conference

Coca, opium poppy, and cannabis are cultivated by millions of people, mostly in the Global South. International law requires governments to uproot and destroy all cultivation of these crops not related to accepted medical and scientific use, but drug crop production still proves to be a promising livelihood for many rural populations. Efforts to replace cultivation with other activities have been mostly unsuccessful, and the current prohibitionist approach comes at an extremely high cost, including endangerment of small-holder farmers as they are pursued by police and military forces.

Please join us for an international panel of researchers and growers from Colombia, Morocco, Peru, and the United States, who will discuss the role of drug crop production in poverty and development. This event launches a brief report outlining key recommendations on the topic for UN member states to consider leading up to the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs, and will feature photography by Juan Barrero and documentary films on coca farmers from Xenia Grubstein and German Ramirez.

About Open Society Foundations

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