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Feeding the farmer, or taking food away from the farmer? the expansion of the agricultural frontier in Colombia


  • Miguel Ángel Quintero López


This paper analyses the expansion of the agricultural frontier in Colombia using the theories of Marx and Ricardo to understand which of them is closer to the Colombian process. This essay begins with a theoretical framework that defines the theories of both authors. Then, the most important moments of the expansion of the agricultural frontier are presented: the colonization of Antioquia and the expansion of the agricultural frontier between 1936 and 1972. A justification and representation of these processes are built from historical works on the topic. Finally, a balance of the overall process and missing areas of investigation are presented.****** Este artículo analiza la expansión de la frontera agrícola en Colombia utilizando las teorías de Marx y Ricardo para comprender a cuál de ellas está más cerca del proceso colombiano. El ensayo comienza con un marco teórico que define los postulados de ambos autores. Luego, se presentan los momentos más importantes de la expansión de la frontera agrícola: la colonización antioquena y la expansión de la frontera agrícola entre 1936 y 1972. Se construye una justificación y representación de estos procesos a partir de algunos trabajos históricos sobre el tema. Finalmente, se presenta un resumen del proceso general y las áreas potenciales de futuras investigaciones.

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  • Miguel Ángel Quintero López, 2018. "Feeding the farmer, or taking food away from the farmer? the expansion of the agricultural frontier in Colombia," Revista Intercambio 17120, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Medellín.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000538:017120

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    agricultural frontier expansion; antioquean colonization; Colombia; economic history; economic theory; land ownership.;
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    • N96 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • R52 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Land Use and Other Regulations


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