Annual report - 1969


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Annual report - 1969 agricultural economics
Portion of title:
Agricultural economics
Memorandum title:
Annual report (USAID), 1969
Physical Description:
13 leaves : ; 28 cm. +|28 cm.)
Hildebrand, Peter E
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Agricultural extension work -- Research grants -- Colombia   ( lcsh )
bibliography   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
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Includes bibliographical references (leaves 7-8).
Statement of Responsibility:
Peter E. Hildebrand.
General Note:
Caption title.
General Note:
Typescript on rice paper.
General Note:
"December 12, 1969."--Memo

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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oclc - 757996274
lcc - S544.6.H5 1969
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Full Text

December 12, 1969


TO Clayteo TYetter

PIMs Peter S. Hildebrand, Project Leader, Agricultural

WUIB&CTs Annual Report (UAID) 1969

Much of the year was spent in writing administrative

reports and memorandums associated either with the Ford

Foundation or USAID. This has been particularly burdensome

because the agricultural economics group must make two annual

reports each year (one in July to Ford and one in January to

USAID), and also during the present year the Ford grant came

up for renewal.

To be spectfi most of the month of January was consumed

in matters related to the renewal of the Ford grant, including

the visit of Drs, Vollmar and Rhodes and the preparation of a

preliminary document to be presented by ICA to Ford. Much of

February was spent in writing, discussing, and rewriting this

document. In March, several meetings were held in the depart-

aent and with other ICA personnel to prepare a response to a

NMeorandum written to Ortis Ntndez by Drs. Nardin and Plaxico.

In April, at the request of Dr. Alvares, I wrote a memorandum

outlining the existing ICA-UN beca policy to be presented to

the Ford Foundation. This followed two meetings to discuss

and reformulate this policy. In July, work was began on the

Annual Report for Ford, and it was finalized in August. In

September and October, several memorandum were prepared for

the Ford Foundation relative to a series of questions they

had concerning the new grant. Finally in November, at a

meeting in Cotter's office, the terms of the new grant were

decided on.

In April, USAID requested a 1969 Work Plan" which

conaaued time during that month and May. For November and

December, we have a 1970 Work Plan, a 1970-74 Work Plan, and

the Annual Report for USAID.

SAlthough the majority of this work cannot be eliminated.

I suggest that at least only one "Annual Report" be prepared

and submitted to both the Ford Foundation and to USAID.

Beyoad the reports outlined above, a great deal of

progress wa made during the year toward the goal of establishing

a profession of agricmitural economics in Colembia. Three

treamdueauly important things occurred at ICAt 1) new

quarters were obtained for the department, providing adequate

spaoe at least for a wile, 2) a full time director of the

departmat was named, providing the much needed leadership in

the department and giving us equal representation on Comite

Teanieo, and, 3) three new departmental publiation series

were established, anifesting the production of the depart-

meat. In addition, the first two participants to receive an

M.S. returned (Murcia from uD-Begota and Valderama from ICf).

everal more are ipeoted early in 1970. Ioser and Andrew

finished their research projects and their veuk beaeme the

number and nber 4 Bulletins in the new departmental series.

A&cnvzITI DuRn=S TBI ma

In addition to serving the Nebraska Miesion as Project

oeadr in Agricultural kconemies during the year, I was

advisor to the national Program In Agricultural Policy daring

the first half of the year with Jorge Lopera as counterpart,

and advisor to the National Program in Parm Management during

the last half ef the year with Manuel Rinoon as counterpart.

Although the National Programe were in effect during the first

half of the year, they were not very active, owing in part to

the lack of full time administration n the department, and in

part to the leek of Colombian personnel to work in the programs.

During the last half of the year, however, not only did the

National Program become active and effective, but also the

department, itself, really became a functional entity.

During the first half yar. my primary research effort

wa n working with Jorge Lepra on his study of the "Pro-

destivity gap in ColO~ iau Agriculture", and an the studies

of the three I brxka Ziastructors and their counterparts.

IRuept for the study of Gerald Feaster, all of this work has

nor been published (or will be by early Jamuary). The research

stud by the University of Florida in Cardoba, for which I was

a oeamultant, has also been completed and published in the

foar of an MS. thesis. Parts of this we k may be published

in a dpartmemtal series.

In April I we appotd to a committee by Zdgar aGtierreo.

Director of Planesoida Masimal to stud the devolopmeot of

the Llaneo. This oomitteoo the Cait6 del Llano* ha amet

several tim during the year, but little headway has been

made. Part of the problem is that the ixse of the aomaittee,

and its viewpoint, has gr9m so large that is nearly unianage-

able, NMever, in IC we are planning to continue our work

related to this committee, and publish the results.

Siase becoming asoeliated with the national ProraW in

Farm Iaag mna, I hav bosome closely associated with the

dvelopab mt of a research program. Part of the work has involved

the devlopme] t of a research philosophy for the program amd

part has been working in several ongoing projects. The on-

going projects have been mainly those related to the cost of

production studies, although same new projects at the farm

level have also been started. The philosophy of the program

with respect to its research will be published as part of a

bulletin on the department which will be printed to provide

information to the public on what a department of agriLultural

SceaoamOm can and held be repeated to do,

Because the department has a great deal of daind for

research, and because the terd Foundation dropped the financing

of the Instructor program, we have been discussing with the

University of Florida (and other universities, including 1-ebraka)

the possibility of obtaining research assistants from them. In

December, Mike Bedharts, from the University of Florida, arrived

in Begota to work on a project under the Faram anagemt Pregram.

is assistantship and international travel will be paid by

Florida, and ICA will pick up the i-country research expenses.

This appears to be a very workable arrangement, Mecept that

few universities apparently have the flexibility that Florida

has. They will mske me a member of their adte FPaeIty and

a Co-chairman of the thesis committee, and will accept an ICA

research project for his Ph.D. dirsertation.


In February, the first graduate catalogue (or bulletin)

*f the department was published. This bulletin summarised

the thinking of the department regarding the graduate program,

but it proceeded the publishing of the Regulations of the

Graduate School, and contained several points in conflict. As

a result, the second edition, the bulletin (for 1970-71) mwa

published in November, and in in accord with the General Regu-

lations of the Graduate School. As a companion to the bulletin,

the department also published a flyer as a means of advertising

the graduate program.

Besides participating in the develdpmeat of these publi-

eations, I continued teaching the class in Mathematics for

-aumtsiate and participated in the development and teaching

of the searash Methodelogy course. During the first semester,

Z taught the math course as a special problems course for two

veterinarians in the graduate program. In the second semester,

several students requested that I teaah agala. This time, I

taught it strictly as a no credit course, and had 11 students.

X hae already had requests to tearh it again namt year. I

had been planning to print my notes from the class, but have

since found a couple good books Awhih could serve as substi-


A Methodology seouse is being developed strictly for

Latin Anmrican conditions, with aephuais on problem recog-

nitien and it has a problem solving orientation, we are

definitely planning to develop a book xrom this course and

apeet it to have wida applitatiom n all of Latin Amoriea,

I have not partieipated heavily in the underraduate

pogrs dirtng the yI.r My primary activities ave been

Iavelved in metings at Vmdellia and Paluirs, and in trying

to help establish policy with respect to the mount of time

tha zl Regional seoemiits would be able to speed in the

National UTniveriety programs. Several meetings have also

been held with repeat to the timing of establihing a new

career in BSgota. ho mIajority of opinion indicates that in

order not to enapete with staff and financial resowrte with

ledaelin, toh career in Bogota Ashuld no sat before 1971.


X attended the TBir Aannal Meetings of AMI in Marh

in 4edeliLn. During the year I was appointed to Uditvrial

Cwamittee of the Asseaiation. Unfortunately, aome of the

papers delivered at the seetingas were ever submitted to the

assoelation, nor have many other papers ber turned in for

publication in the Journal. At the present time, it is not

clear whether or not there will be a Journal for this year.

he Junta Directiva is now studying the situation.

During the year we received a request to send two

members of ACL to the States for the annual meetings of the

AAM. It was finally decided to send Torrs (President) and

Muroia (beoretary). They will both make a report to the

amnel meeting in 1970 in Cali, In addition, the organisation

of the 1970 meetings is going to reflect the knowledge gained

by the two participants on the trip.

Ia anticipatioe of the now Ford Grant, we have asked

the ACM to submit budgets to as showing their seoces of in-

came and anticipated expenses, and indicating how they reeommad

the use of the funds hiihS Ford is eapeeted to grant for support

of the aasociation.

WLaSWfftP PROnma

A total of levan candidate loft during the year for

graduate study in the States after passing the Bnglish toot.

A twelfth left on his own expense to study Unglish. Of the

eleven, four started between January and February, two were

able to enter the S emcaic Institute in boulder, Colorado,

atd five others attended the orientation course in Linaoln.

As yet, the twelfth tha not passed his Uaglih teeth, so has

net been awAded a bees.

Under the o itiese of the aw Ford ganat, only five

amee emedidates will be seat to the U.S. for training at the

NM.. level. Of those uaed, one has elected to begin his

g9auto program in J)anuary at the IC-UW Gradeate School,

thinking of the benefits of finishing his degree muwh earlier

than if he waite and takes a ehbmne on Inglish. Tho other

few have all decided to try for the NfaLti h and qualify for

adeittrane to maiversities in the State.

ftoVpt ftr travel to Cali-Palaira and to Medellin, my

trnvl daring the yoar has been minimal. I nade two trips

erwly in the year to aquetal in aconeettio with resater's

weNM (enee aesgMpainyg ,r. Bramon, a mmerB of feraldte

eemittee at the Univerity eof Ketuaky). an April, just

before the rains start, z made a trip into the lanoes with

one *abere of the department Wo bad not beeo there, with

fStraar of the Nebraska Miasion, and with tao pea o t fr the

University of Florida.

in August, 2 ts vellad to the annual meetings of the AAM

nO Lemin~ton, XKetucky. At this meeting, in addition to the

two -smebs of ACA, there were 11 colambians, 10 of whoe are

enameeted with our program. At this meeting (also attended

by Burdette Ste*ier and PFaster) we met with all the Colas-

bians and diseased their various programs in the States, ad

any problems they wer having. I also bhld preliminary dis-

assionm with Carraseo on the subject for hi thesis and

talked with Londo0 o about the possibility of his continuing an

directly for a Ph.D.

Also while at the meetings, I talked with Dr. Tefertiller,

Oairman of the Dopartmret of Agricultural Seonouics at the

University of Florida, about the situaties with respect to

euhrtEx. M, Dr. NePherson, the Chbinma of Mike's committee,

Mike, and I all agreed on a teAtative subject and the conditions

wader thich we would be able to eondut the research.

The day following the meetings, Gerald and zI mt with

his thesis coittee to discuss the progress sad problems on

his research work. hOe seomittee seemed ywe happy with the

progress and there were no problems which eould not be solved.

X also spent me d a in Lincoln conferring with Colwell

and Vollar, and speat some more time (accompaniedby Vollmnr)

in talking with Carrase about his proj et.

Returning from the Itates after a short vacation,

stepped at Chapingo, Mexico, to become acquainted with their

program. We are now exahanging publications and information

regarding the graduate schools, and may be able to exchange

students sometime in the future.


At the present time, my plans for bnet Mear are in-

defiite boeeaus Peord ha dropped my position, and it is not

yet known if it will be possible to pick up a new agricultural

eoameaics position frte the AID sector. overtheles, during

the first half of the year, I plan to cocentrate my efforts

in the graduate program and the research program. As is true

of all the kebraMka positions at ICA, there io close cooperation

between the Coleabian and the North American staff. This

makes specific planning difficult, because the work is taken

on as it is moat efficient at the time. slowver, I am

scheduled to teach Prodoction Uonomias with Valderrama (and

possIbly Rineon) and will probably be at leest partly responsible

for a special couree in eeaarch Methodology we are going to

teach for the Ministry of Agriculture Planning group. In

researOh, I will continue to take an active part in the planning,

execution, analysis, and publishing of the pxrjects of the

department, and will have one or etre graduate students as



Port ore specific information regarding 1970, please

-- the "Work Plan for 1970m ihich has just ben prepared.