Press Mentions

RCN Radio and Paso Colombia

Women Seeding Peace: A Web Series Told by Peasant Women that Left Their Coca Crops Behind

The program “Land of Dreams” from RCN Radio, interviewed Pontus Ohrstedt, Head of the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Sustaining Peace in Colombia, and Juan Fernando Lucio, National Director of PASO Colombia. Ohrstedt highlighted the sustainability of the voluntary coca crops substitution. Lucio talked about the web series “Women Seeding Peace” and the Contingency Plan to Support Ex-Coca Grower Families that bridges the gap between phases of the National Comprehensive Program for the Substitution of Illicit Crops (PNIS).

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Univalle and Paso Colombia

Juan Fernando Lucio in Television Debates

Juan Fernando Lucio, director of PASO Colombia, participated in Television Debates, a program of Univalle University Channel. He talked about the work carried out by PASO in peacebuilding and the sustainable development of the Colombian countryside. He also discussed the “Women Seeding Peace” web series produced by PASO, expressing that the web series shares the experiences of women who show that it is possible “to leave the coca behind in a permanent and sustainable way.”

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El Espectador and Paso Colombia

Women Seeding Peace: The Web Series of Women Who Gave Up Coca Crops

The Colombian national newspaper, El Espectador, interviewed Johana, the subject of Episode 5 of PASO Colombia’s web series “Women Seeding Peace.” The article describes the series, which highlights women who participated in the Contingency Plan implemented by PASO Colombia,  as telling “how violence crossed their lives, but also open the horizon for alternatives that may help unravel the crop substitution program, whose implementation is demanded from different regions of the country.”

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Canal Capital and Paso Colombia

Women Seeding Peace, Life After Coca Crops: An Inspiring Documentary

The news section of the Capital Channel talked about the stories of social transformation that were recorded in the web series “Women Seeding Peace.” Juan Fernando Lucio, director of PASO Colombia, explained how PASO’s Contingency Plan is being implemented to support women that left behind illicit crops and became leaders within their territories.

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Razon Publica and Paso Colombia

Women Seeding Peace, Life After Coca Crops

Fernando Pieschacón, Communications Officer of PASO Colombia, and Director of the series “Women Seeding Peace” was invited to make a video column in the web portal Razón Pública. He talked about the experience that gave rise to this series: the work of PASO Colombia supporting 1,967 families who participated in voluntary coca crops substitution and who became partners in the sustainable development of their territories.

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El Tiempo and Paso Colombia

Women Seeding Peace: The Peasant Women Who Left Coca Crops

The national newspaper El Tiempo published an article on "Women Seeding Peace," a video series that brings together the stories of peasant women who voluntarily substituted crops for illicit use. It reviews how the participants in the Contingency Plan to Support Ex-Coca Grower Families are "the protagonists of the 8-episode web series that gathers the testimonies of these women who help to revive the countryside through crop substitution, and who have become the engines of sustainable development in their territories.”

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pandemic could increase demand for diaspora bonds

Pandemic could fuel demand for 'diaspora bonds', says World Bank

In a recent article in Reuters, OEF Senior Researcher, Jay Benson spoke about the potential for increased demand for 'diaspora bonds,' saying “People are strongly motivated by seeing this kind of investment go toward healthcare and education, and seeing that their families, their friends ... back home are benefiting.”

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Myanmar Coast Guard Contributes to Coastal Stability

How A Myanmar Coast Guard Will Contribute To Coastal Stability

The sustained nature of violence in Myanmar’s coastal states has forced water- and land-based forces to collaborate, especially through joint counterinsurgency operations in Rakhine state, Tanintharyi region, and the Irrawaddy delta.

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North Korea Fires Multiple Suspected Cruise Missiles In 'Larger Scale' Military Drill

The combination of the two military exercises was described on Twitter by Melissa Hanham, deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network in Vienna, as “one of North Korea’s larger scale drills to date.”

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Hakai Magazine

Indian Ocean By-Catch Claims Millions Of Dolphins

Ecotourism could also play a part. “Responsible dolphin watching expeditions can provide alternative livelihoods for local communities and promote conservation,” says Nelly Isigi Kadagi, a joint postdoctoral fellow at the University of Denver in Colorado, and the US nonprofit One Earth Future.

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