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OPIUM DREAMS

Although Mexico is considered to be the world’s third producer of opium and heroin, and poppy economy is crucial to some of the country’s most marginalized rural regions, there is no initiative dedicated to produce empirical knowledge on the issue.

With this project, we shed light on territories that evolve in a paradoxical situation: simultaneous isolation and integration. In fact, regions of opium poppy production are badly connected to the rest of the country, mainly because of the terrible condition of the roads and transportation infrastructures in general. Yet, this isolation does not prevent these rural areas from being some of the most important regions of both drug trafficking, and the War on Drugs, at the national and international level. In order to produce new insight, we gathered women and men from academic research, policy experts, journalists and photo-reporters. We built a multi-media, trans-disciplinary initiative that renews the focus on the Mexican War on Drugs.

INSIGHTS

RESEARCH

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    The reddest flower in the field. How does the opium poppy fit in the Mexican agricultural scene?

    Paul Frissard Martinez

    Mexico is one of the main producers of illegal poppies in the world. This commonly accepted statement, which serves as a justification for eradication campaigns, clashes with the scarcity of studies that seek to understand what this crop represents in the national and local agricultural panorama.

This project has been produced by Noria Research, in alliance with México Unido contra la Delincuencia (MUCD), the Mexico Violence Resource Project at UC San Diego's Center for US.-Mexican Studies (USMEX), Revista Espejo, and Pie de Página.

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