Coffee and landscape change in Colombia - Peter Gould Memorial Lecture
The 19th Annual Peter Gould Memorial Lecture in Geography presents "Coffee and landscape change in Colombia"
Andres Guhl, Associate Professor, Department of History, Universidad de los Andes Bogota, Columbia.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, coffee production has been associated with Colombia, The establishment of this crop in the Colombian Andes transformed the biophysical and social fabric of the country. The purpose of this presentation is to describe and analyze the landscape transformations associated with coffee, and how this product contributed to the well being of the coffee producers. Andres will highlight how the linkages between global markets and local landscapes influence farmers' land use decisions. Furthermore, he will provide evidence of how the Coffee Growers Association (Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia) played, and continues to play, a major role in shaping the landscape and the well being of its inhabitants. Finally, he will present some of the moste recent challenges for coffee production in Colombia, including sustainability issues, speciality markets and socioeconomic characteristics such as an aging rural population and land fragmentation.
Monday, April 8 at 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Ho Science Center, 101
1819 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346, USA