Romain Le Cour Grandmaison David Restrepo Maria López-Uribe María Alejandra Vélez

Comparative perspectives on illicit crop economies and non-punitive rural drug policies

A Talk by David Restrepo , María Alejandra Vélez , Maria López-Uribe and Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

About this Talk

This panel explores the latest findings regarding the structure of illicit crop economies in the Andean and Mexico region, and the impact of novel, non-punitive and traditional rural drug policy interventions on production and development outcomes. LeCour discusses the Mexican case where opium functions as a “political opiate”: one that allows marginalized regions to economically survive, while the State limits its social, educational, and development functions to a minimum, and focuses on armed repression and eradication. Restrepo presents an updated analysis of the social control policy and its development outcomes in Bolivia, the only country to accept coca in the rural development mix. López-Uribe examines the use of land titling in Colombia as a policy to bolster crop substitution, a cost-effective way of incentivizing agricultural diversification.

02 December 2021, 01:00 AM

01:00 AM - 02:15 AM

About The Speakers

David Restrepo

David Restrepo

Director of Research at CESED (Centro de estudios sobre seguridad y drogas | Universidad de los Andes)


María Alejandra Vélez

María Alejandra Vélez

Director CESED, Los Andes University


Maria López-Uribe

Maria López-Uribe

Universidad de los Andes


Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

Noria Research / Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne -

PhD. / Analyst / Mexico - LatAm / Governance, Public Security, Criminal Organizations.