Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Coffee and Coca in Colombia: Unintended Consequences of the War on Drugs

Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan will speak at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. His topic is: Coffee and Coca in Colombia: Unintended Consequences of the War on Drugs.

The country of Colombia is the world’s third-largest producer of coffee, and is well known for the consistent production of high quality Arabica. Many of the coffee-producing areas of Colombia are also associated with the production of coca – both for traditional uses and for processing into cocaine. As a result, efforts by the Colombian and U.S. governments to disrupt cocaine production often have significant implications for coffee production. The lives of coffee producers are further complicated by shifting alliances and conflicts among drug traffickers and the interests of military, paramilitary, mining, and insurgent interests in the coffee-growing areas.

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan, Professor of Geography and Latin American & Caribbean Studies at Bridgewater State University, will discuss these and other complexities of coffee production in Colombia. Delicious coffee from Colombia – regular and decaf – will be served.

For more information about Dr. Hayes-Bohanan, visit his web page at: http://webhost.bridgew.edu/jhayesboh/coffee/index.html.

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