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Why people grow drugs

This book, which includes accounts from Thailand, Pakistan, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, looks at the issue from the perspective of those whose survival depends on narcotics cultivation.

The authors argue that unless the growers' views are taken into account, and viable economic alternatives developed with their participation, control programmes will continue to fail. The war against drugs may ultimately be won – not by guns and laws – but by sustainable development.

"The title sounds like a plaintive cry, but this book goes right to the heart of the narcotics traffic: the grower. It reveals the cultivation of coca and opium as a means of survival, not as part of a criminal conspiracy." The Daily Yomiuri, Japan