Colombia is experiencing a boom in the illegal cultivation of coca, reclaiming the title of South America's top cocaine producer from Peru. Back in 2003, Colombia had some 86,000 hectares of illegal coca bush cultivation and this fell drastically through a successful U.S. supported counternarcotics policy. By 2012, Peru was in the ascendancy but Colombia has now surged back into first place. FARC and other armed groups have encouraged farmers to plant coca crops in anticipation of the peace deal and government aid, hence the surge in cultivation.
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