The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published it’s 2005 Andean coca survey, showing that between 2004-05 coca production increased by only 1%, a sign that coca cultivation in the region – which accounts for the entire global output of cocaine – has stabilised. In fact in Peru production fell by 4%. The UNODC said that “Governments are trying to hold the line on the significant reductions that have been made in the past five years and overall figures remain nearly a third below their peak of 2000. But they need substantial international assistance so they can provide poor coca farmers with sustainable alternative livelihoods.”

For the full survey visit www.unodc.org