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Yury Fedotov, the boss of the UN drug and crime organization (UNODC), spoke of 'a unique opportunity to turn it back' in Colombia. 'The pursuit of peace requires tangible solutions for the crimes that feed conflicts. '
Farmers receive about 270 euros a month for each hectare of cocoa plants. With the agreement they are compensated when they switch to the production of coffee or cocoa.
Colombia carries a long fight against cocaine. According to the Colombian government, armed groups prevent a thorough approach to cocultures. The number of cocoa plantations has grown in the country in recent years. The total size of the area grew by 50 percent per year, the UN said.