The Coca Paper
is a social business proposal by María
The Coca Paper
is proposed as a means to put an end to the intensive use of herbicides to grow
and eradicate coca for cocaine.
The millions of gallons of herbicides used on and against coca in
The use of this coca to produce paper products will guarantee its manual/mechanical,
voluntary, non-chemical and permanent eradication.
Firstly, because, by using this coca
(once and for all), coca peasants can be ensured immediate income, thus
surmounting one of the main obstacles to successful voluntary and permanent
eradication; namely, the time gap between the moment the peasant eradicates and
the time he starts earning a substitute income.
Secondly, this one-time use of the
coca already planted would allow the Indigenous peoples and International
Community to effectively measure and control the amounts of coca leaf used and
eradicated. This coca, once eradicated, will be substituted by other of the
country’s many fiber-rich plants which can be used to make paper, paper pulp and
varied paper products. One-time production volumes, plus these alternative crops
which involve the peasants in the productive process, serve as proof of
substitution of coca. Thirdly, using
the country’s many fiber-rich plants (diverse genus and species, depending on
the region), will not only serve to recover the seeds of biodiversity —lost to
sole-crop policies and extensive cattle breeding tendencies—, but will also
ensure the continuation and expansion of this organic-farming commercial
The Coca Paper is an Alternative Development Project seeking to address the “drug”
1. Economic alternatives to empower and free coca and non-coca growing peasants from the control of the diverse armed groups which occupy their territories.
The studies and knowledge needed to take
The programs needed to address drug-use issues in
4. Marco legal
9. Costos proyecto piloto (tarjetas artesanales estrategia Navidad 2007)
14. Vídeos de testimonios de las fumigaciones (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta agosto 2004 y septiembre 2005) MamCoca
15. Documentación de soporte a estudios en mamacoca. http://www.mamacoca.org