Thesis ID: CBB110228329

Developing Paradise: Agricultural Science in the Conflicted Landscapes of Colombia's Cauca Valley, 1927-1967 (2019)


Lorek, Timothy W. (Author)
Joseph, Gilbert M. (Advisor)

Yale University
Joseph, Gilbert M.
Publication date: 2019
Language: English

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 422

"Developing Paradise" offers a regional history of the global Green Revolution in agricultural technologies. It argues that Colombia, and Colombians, played a vital role in the international growth and dissemination of Green Revolution technologies during the Cold War era, serving as a springboard and a model for replicable programs across Latin America and in India and Africa. The significance of Colombia to this international process, however, owed considerably to pre-existing and domestically-funded research programs and institutions at the national and regional level in the country. Seen from this perspective, Cold War technologies and development initiatives were not imposed from afar but rather grew out of the contingencies of rooted histories at what would become the sites of scientific and technological production. In the Colombian case, these were the specific contexts of Colombian agrarian politics and projects of state formation that forged transnational linkages to networks of agricultural technologies and agronomy research in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. "Developing Paradise" traces paradoxical processes: the Cauca Valley's steady emergence as a global center for tropical agricultural research and technology for staple food crops, and the region’s simultaneous makeover as a landscape of industrial-scale corporate sugarcane production. Alternate abstract:

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Authors & Contributors
Saha, Madhumita
Brassley, Paul
Carey, David, Jr.
Cinotto, Simone
Cleveland, Todd
Harwood, Jonathan H.
Agricultural History
History and Technology
Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Technology and Culture
Cambridge University Press
Firenze University Press
New York University Press
The University of Alabama Press
Agricultural technology
Green revolution
Science and society
Food and foods
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Borlaug, Norman Ernest
Khankhoje, Pandurang Sadhashiv
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
United States
Tuscany (Italy)
California (U.S.)
Rockefeller Foundation

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