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Discussion: Free Trade Agreements, the Peasant Economy, and Illicit Crops in Colombia

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

The illicit cultivation of coca in Colombia is not as profitable a business as one would imagine. A new study by Colombian development expert Andrés García, reveals that the majority of small farmers growing coca in the areas studied were earning less than the legal minimum wage. Why do they persist in cultivating coca for illicit use? They simply do not have a viable economic alternative, according to Mr. García’s report. Indeed he found that the majority of peasants used the money to buy basic social services, such as healthcare, which were not provided by the state.

Andrés García’s research was funded by Oxfam and conducted in the departments of Nariño and Cauca. Mr. García will share his experience working directly with coca growing communities and explain what anti-narcotic programs have failed — and which have failed miserably.  He will also look at the potential impact of the proposed U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement on illicit coca cultivation.

For more information contact Sanho Tree or call (202) 787-5266.

This presentation is cosponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies, Oxfam America, and the U.S. Office on Colombia.




Author Event: ‘Hostage Nation’

Washington Office On Latin America 1666 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC

On July 2, 2008, when three American private contractors and Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt were rescued after being held for more than five years by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the world was captivated by their personal narratives. But between the headlines a major story was lost: Who exactly are the FARC? How had a drug-funded revolutionary army managed to hold so many hostages for so long?

Author Event: The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind America’s Favorite Soft Drink

Busboys & Poets - 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

The Coke Machine takes readers deep inside the Coca-Cola Company and its international franchisees to reveal how they became the number one brand in the world, and just how far they'll go to stay there.
Ever since its "I'd like to teach the world to sing" commercials from the 1970s, Coca-Cola has billed itself as the world's beverage, uniting all colors and cultures in a mutual love of its caramel-sweet sugar water. The formula has worked incredibly well-making it one of the most profitable companies on the planet and "Coca-Cola" the world's second- most recognized word after "hello." However, as the company expands its reach into both domestic and foreign markets, an increasing number of the world's citizens are finding the taste of Coke more bitter than sweet.

Addicted to Failure: US Drug War Policy in the Americas

Since the 1960s, the US has squandered about trillion dollars on a failed drug war. Internationally, much of our "war" has taken place in Latin America where eradication planes have defoliated millions of acres in Colombia, US-trained police have filled prisons, and prohibition has fueled murderous gang wars. To foster a greater understanding of this issue Witness for Peace is hosting a speaking tour of Sanho Tree, IPS fellow and Director of the Institute's Drug Policy project through Eugene, Portland, Corvallis, Seattle, and Olympia.

Afro-Colombian Women, Activism and Leadership

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

Danelly Estupiñan, an Afro-descendant woman activist and community organizer from Colombia, will be sharing her experiences as community organizer and psycho-social support for women victims of violence in rural and urban areas of Buenaventura, the second most important port in Colombia and one of the most dangerous places for human rights defenders, particularly women.

Brown Bag: Throwing Stones At The Moon

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

Join us for this brown bag book event with Sanho Tree in discussion with book editors Sibylla Brodzinsky and Max Schoening about the complexities and context of the conflict in Colombia.

Author Event: Throwing Stones At The Moon

Busboys & Poets - 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Come to this discussion and book signing with Sibylla Brodzinsky and Max Schoening - accompanied by IPS Fellow Sanho Tree - about conflict in Colombia, where millions of people have been internally displaced through terror and violence.

Film: We Women Warriors

GALA Hispanic Theater 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Join IPS and friends for a screening of an independent documentary profiling three valiant female leaders to commemorate International Women's Day.

Black Resistance in Colombia: A Contemporary Assessment

Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe 2714 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

A video presentation and cutting edge discussion led by Ajamu Baraka and Maurice Carney on how grassroots efforts are "Making Black Lives Matter in Riohacha, Colombia."

Labor Organizing and the Left in Colombia During Dynamic Times

Institute for Policy Studies 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

The Center for Popular Democracy and the Institute for Policy Studies invite you to a talk with two organizers from SINTRACIHOBI, the union of in-home childcare providers.