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IDS Policy Briefing 156

Does Land Titling Matter? The Role of Land Property Rights in Colombia’s War on Drugs

Published on 7 September 2018

The ‘war on drugs’ has failed. Despite an increase in law enforcement, production levels of coca – the crop used to make cocaine – have hardly altered in the last decade.

A 2017 report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found that coca cultivation in Colombia had increased by 52 per cent; thus, there is an urgent need to find alternative policies to counter illicit behaviour. Research by the Institute of Development Studies found that regions in Colombia with a higher level of land titling, where people who have worked land for many years are given formal ownership of it, witnessed a greater reduction in the area of land used to grow coca.

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Juan Carlos Munoz-Mora

Post Doctoral Researcher

Santiago Tobón
Jesse Willem d’Anjou

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Muñoz-Mora, J.C.; Tobón, S. and d’Anjou, J.W. (2018) 'Does Land Titling Matter? The Role of Land Property Rights in Colombia’s War on Drugs', IDS Policy Briefing 156, Brighton: IDS

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Juan Carlos Muñoz-Mora, Santiago Tobón and Jesse Willem d’Anjou
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