Coca Policies In Post-2005 Bolivia: The Effect On Cocalero Livelihoods In The Chapare
AuthorSharp, Bryn Deana
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractAfter Evo Morales was elected as Bolivia’s President in 2005, the cultivation of the coca leaf, an important economic and cultural resource for the country, became legalized in the Chapare. In this region, Morales and his administration have enacted several policies that focus on improving the livelihoods of coca-growing families (cocaleros) through cooperative reduction of coca production and the diversification of their income base. The Bolivian government claims that these policy changes have resulted in substantial improvements in the well-being of these households. This study examines the changes in wealth, (un)employment, and food security levels of cocalero households to conclude that while there has been an improvement in their livelihoods, there has not been enough change to allow for socioeconomic mobility.