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Toward a history of agroecology in Colombia

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Pages 296-310 | Published online: 21 Apr 2017


This article provides a brief description of some individuals, institutions, and processes that have developed in Colombia around agroecology since the late 1980s. It intends to enhance the understanding of the history of agroecology, its conceptualizations and practice in the central, western, and eastern regions of the country, and also highlight the contributions made by academics, NGOs, universities, peasant farmers, environmental activists, private and public institutions, and producers.


The authors want to thank Leidy Johana Rojas, Juan Carlos Ortiz, Juan Adolfo Bermúdez Alviar, Arlex Angarita Leiton, Neidy Clavijo, María Teresa Palacios, Héctor Ramiro, Jorge Alberto Vélez, Sonia Hortúa and Monika Hesse, who provided important documents that complemented the references used to write this document. We express our gratitude to Kristina Lyons for the final revision of the manuscript.


1. All the acronyms mentioned in the rest of the document will correspond to the initials in Spanish of the organizations’ names.

2. Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (2009–2015).

3. Directress of the Specialization in Andean Tropical Agroecology (2005—until today).

4. Miguel Altieri arrived in Colombia after exile, and he engaged in his M.A. within the framework of the Program of Graduate Studies, which was led by ICA and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá. Mr. Altieri developed his master thesis at CIAT where he was able to interact with Charles Francis and Martín Prager. Both are specialized researchers of the socioeconomic and technological factors of the corn-bean association in Colombia (Altieri Citation2016; Prager Citation2016).

5. This information was provided by professors Hector Ramiro Ordóñez and Jorge Alberto Vélez.

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