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Book released on 500 years of agricultural history in Colombia

On November 29, there will be the official launch of the book Perspectives, a work that compiles the history of agriculture in Colombia, which began to be written by former finance minister Roberto Junguito Bonet before his death.

Banco de la República will release this book in collaboration with Fedesarolo perspectiveA work that began its preparation two years ago, when the former finance minister of Álvaro Uribe, Roberto Zunguito Bonet, began to compose it and managed to write 60 chapters.

After being diagnosed with aggressive cancer and his subsequent death, he was unable to complete his work. However, in 2017 Jungito, who had already written “100 Episodes of the Economic History of Colombia”, told Carlos Caballero Argez that he would not be able to finish it, and would help him finish the book with the support of the Banco de la República. And federolo…

“He sent me the draft, I think from the same hospital. Then a few days before his death I spoke to him and he again stressed the importance of publishing the book. In fact, he had already finished about 200 pages during the quarantine. had been released and 60 additional episodes were planned, ”explains Caballero.

The Foundation for Higher Education and Development (Fedesarolo) was the financing entity for the book, along with the Federation of Coffee Growers, SAC, Asocalflores, the Agricultural Market and Faccolada. To prepare for this, he spoke to various unions in the agriculture sector and SAC also participated. Thus, from Fedesarolo, a group of researchers was assembled that included not only Carlos Caballero Argez, whom Junguito had entrusted with the development of the book, but also Juan José Perfetti del Corral, José Leibovich Goldenberg and Enrique López Enquiso. also ordered. Enter the missing episodes.

“Received funding during the second half of last year, the people in charge of completing the work wrote the episodes. In the middle of this year, the style correction and layout work was completed. Banco de la República did a great job and The book is currently in print,” explained Caballero, who stressed that it was the Banco de la República that was in charge of all proofreading, layout and editing, and printing the book.

The first half of the work was written by Jungito and the second half by Caballero, Leibovich, Perfetti and López. The complete book consists of 645 pages and 117 episodes, covering all aspects of the history of agriculture.

perspective book key points

The book highlights how the Ministry of Agriculture was created in the 20th century, the effects of the 1930s crisis on crops, and the consequences of land invasions by tenants and settlers in the late 1920s. Cundinamarca and Tolima.

In the same way, he explains how the process was to find those first export products like tobacco, quinoa, indigo and later the appearance of coffee. Although many stories have been written about this crop, this book goes through the links on coffee issues up to 1990. TeaIt also highlights the interest in cotton in the 19th century.

On the other hand, the text introduces the theme of spaces in the nineteenth century; “A topic that is so fashionable today, since that time it was already thought out: how to allocate vacant lots? How to distribute land belonging to the state? It was a very important issue during the 19th century and with the agricultural reforms in the 20th century,” Caballero said.

The book will be released on November 29 at 6 pm at the Gómez Campuzano House of the Banco de la República.

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