Read how this instructor investigates other uses of the coca leaf in gastronomy, medicine, and agriculture.
Maria Fernanda Orozco SENA Cauca Communicator
Dora Lucila Troyano is a strong, confident woman. Her Cauca roots, and her commitment to show that the coca leaf can have different uses to take advantage of its potential, have led her to lead important investigations around this thousand-year-old plant from the SENA Regional Cauca.
Her trips to the south of the continent and the meeting with indigenous and peasant communities of Bolívar, Cauca, coincided with her work as an instructor to the Institution, elements that joined more than 17 years ago and marked the beginning of this important research path. People, organizations, and institutions have joined this dream, which has evolved little by little with joy, challenges, and triumphs. One of those triumphs is the recent publication of a book: “The coca leaf in Colombian gastronomy” and a digital one called “coca challenge cookbook,” a compendium of recipes with coca flour made by renowned chefs and the peasant community of Lerma, Cauca. There are also organic fertilizers made by SENNOVA and this community.
Her tireless work has led her to present her research in countries such as Mexico, the United States, France, Peru, and Bolivia.
"For 17 years, this instructor has been conducting research to come up with other uses for the coca leaf, related to gastronomy, medicine and agriculture."
“SENA is the only institution in the country that has permission from the National Narcotics Fund to buy coca leaves for scientific purposes, which shows the seriousness and commitment of the work we are doing,” said Dora.
The motivation for this ecologist is “to ensure that some of the more than 80 thousand families associated with production for drug trafficking purposes have other alternatives and that coca leaf producers can look at themselves in the mirror with peace of mind that they are in a legal market. I am convinced that we have the possibility of carrying out a proposal for markets to give ourselves and our families that opportunity.”
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