The alternative development model implemented by the Peruvian Government is a benchmark for other regional countries that promote programs to reduce illicit coca crops.
According to Cooperation Programme on Drugs Policies
) Director Teresa Salvador-Llivina, the Peruvian model is a paradigmatic case due to its long history and the sustainability of projects carried out in former coca-growing-areas.
"Latin American nations like Paraguay, Guatemala, and Mexico —as well as Caribbean countries, such as Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bahamas— are interested in learning the good practices and experiences [in terms of alternative development] of countries like Peru [...]," she affirmed.
For his part, European Union (EU) Ambassador to Peru Diego Mellado pointed out he has witnessed the Inca country's increasing expertise in alternative development
, which is led by State-run National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs (Devida).
"We have talked with leaders, with mayors, and we have seen that there is indeed a positive impact and that alternative development
has been included […]," Mellado expressed in this sense.
"It is no longer just alternative development. It is an economic and rural development
that seeks new production techniques," he added.
Organized by COPOLAD and Devida, the event will run thru March 1.
The forum allows participating countries to share experiences and lessons learned about their corresponding alternative development programs
, with particular emphasis on value chains and products commercialization.
As is known, Devida is Peru's public agency in charge of designing and managing national anti-drug policies, engaging State bodies, civil society, and the international community.