Flyer for Agriculture Conference 5/26

Event Date

L.J. Andrews Conference Room (SSH 2203)

Agrarian reform and agricultural revolution are crucial themes in the historiography of agricultural development and rural change. They highlight the role of policy interventions, market regulations and new techniques in transforming the production of staples and in relations between the countryside and the rest of the economy. Our workshop will focus on how these programs influenced and oriented specific patterns of agricultural specialization, looking at scientific debates, field surveys and the local initiatives they promoted (e.g. rural settlement plans, the design of crop-based policies, integration into agro-industrial chains, etc.).


Preliminary Schedule:

9.00-9:10 Opening remarks , Estella A Atekwana, Dean College of Letters and Science (UC Davis)

9:10-10:00        Keynote Speaker. Alan L. Olmstead (UC Davis) Alternative Facts: The Smithsonian Institution and Slavery

  • 10:00- 10:20 Bruno G Witzel de Souza (UCLA) Legacies of slavery or a brave new world? Differentials in labor productivity and remuneration: evidence from new microdata from Ibicaba plantation, Brazil (1890-1940)
  • 10:20-10:40 Alejandro Ponce de León (UC Davis) Los ríos no dan tregua,volumetric flow governance in the Cauca Valley’s Oficina del Ingeniero Departamental (1920-1940)
  • 10:40-11:00 Elisa Grandi (Université Paris Cité) Agricultural development and international credit: the Cauca Valley Corporation in Colombia (1950-1960)

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

  • 11:15-11:35  Niccolò Mignemi (CNRS, UMR8236 CNRS/Université Paris Cité) The Battle of Wheat in fascist Italy: rural reform or agricultural revolution?
  • 11:35-11:55 Marianna Fenzi (Université de Lausanne & École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), Maize in its center of origin (1943-2023): How a crop becomes a political object and an environment-making agent?

11:55-12:30 Chair and comments (Charles Walker, UC Davis) and  discussion

12:30-13:30 Lunch

  • 13:30- 13:50 Joana Guerrin (INRAE & UC Berkeley) How Nature-based Solutions Modify the Relations between Agriculture, Biodiversity Conservation and Flood Risk Management?
  • 13:50-14:10 Viridiana Hernández (U Iowa) Hacendados, Ejidatarios, and Growers: Agrarian Reform and the Rise of the Avocado Belt in Michoacán
  • 14:10- 14:30 Rubén Cruz Díaz (UAMI-México) Specialization and multicropping in the regional space of Poncitlán, México, during Agrarian Reform

14:30- 14:45 Coffee break

  • 14:45- 15:05 Araceli Almaraz (Colef-México) The limits of State interventionism: Colonization and agricultural development in the Valley of Mexicali (1902-1940
  • 15:05-  15:25 Julio César Farías Reyes (UAMI-México) Ejido and Milk Production in Distrito Federal, Mexico 1930-1950
  • 15:25- 15:45 Salvador Alvarez (Colegio de Michoacán) and Alejandro Tortolero (UAMI-México) Agrarian Reform and the End of the Hacienda System in Mexico

15:45-16:15 Chair and comments: Margaret Chowning (UC Berkeley)

16:15-17:00 General discussion