From coca to cocaine: the forgotten link in the chain

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH presents a photo exhibition on prejudices and realities

‘They didn’t care at all that we didn’t have anything left to eat,’ said Moly Checya, a former coca farmer, about conflicts in a drug-growing region in Peru.

Have you ever wondered how many families have to grow drug crops? About whether there are any alternatives to cultivating drugs? And about what that has to do with you?

If so, we would be delighted to hear about your thoughts and experience. If not, we would like to invite you to find out more about the topic in our exhibition on alternative development.

Smallholders who grow opium poppy and coca are the forgotten link in the drug supply chain. Alternative development addresses the causes of illegal cultivation of drug crops and creates new prospects. Projects are implemented to support farming families in changing over to legal products such as coffee and cocoa and in developing sustainable economic alternatives.

A photo exhibition takes you through the Peruvian rainforest and over the opium poppy fields in Afghanistan back to Bonn and provides insight into the concept of alternative development. Take a critical look at the myths surrounding drug crop cultivation in a quiz, and enjoy freshly ground coffee from an alternative development project in Myanmar.

Venue and date

GIZ, Meander Building foyer
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36
53113 Bonn, Germany

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 11:45 to 14:00

Free entry

The GIZ exhibition held on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is open daily from 9 July to 31 August from 9:00 to 17:00.

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