Drug Control: Efforts to Develop Alternatives to Cultivating Illicit Crops in Colombia Have Made Little Progress and Face Serious Obstacles
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Although coca cultivation in Bolivia and Peru has been reduced in recent years, 6 you expressed concern about whether the alternative development program in Colombia will achieve its objectives and contribute to reducing the production of illicit drugs there. Specifically, you asked that we determine 1 what lessons have been learned in providing alternative development assistance to Bolivia and Peru, especially any that may apply to Colombia 2 what progress USAID has made with alternative development in Colombia and 3 what obstacles must be overcome to facilitate alternative development in Colombia. To review the programs in Bolivia and Peru and the status of efforts and challenges in Colombia,we analyzed program documentation and met with cognizant U.S. host government, contractor, and nongovernmental organization officials in Washington,D.C. BoliviaColombia and Peru. To gain a firsthand view of program activities in Bolivia and Peru, we visited selected project sites and met with project beneficiaries in both countries.
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