Hernando Duque O. is an Agricultural Engineer from the University of Caldas, specializing in agricultural and agroindustry project administration and evaluation, with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of London Imperial College with studies in coffee, rural outreach, statistics, and philosophy.
He has been a lecturer and speaker at more than 50 national and international academic and scientific seminars in Colombia, the United States, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and India, including the National Conference for the Coffee Growers of Colombia and the Annual Meeting of the International Coffee Organization.
He has been connected to the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation since 1987, when he joined as the Outreach Agriculturalist for the Caldas Departmental Committee of Coffee Growers in the municipality of Manzanares. In that same department, but in the community of Pennsylvania, he held the position of Outreach Section Chief. On that same Committee, he served as Coordinator for the Rural Management Program.
Since 1994 he been connected with the National Center for Coffee Research (Cenicafé), holding the position of Research Scientist III, where he led research on the economy of the borer and adoption of integrated management of that same pest, in the discipline of Entomology, and he later became the Department Head for Agricultural Economy.
He is also the author and co-author of more than 50 publications related to the borer, blight, and other insects and fungi that affect coffee plantations; fertilization, coffee farm economy, harvest, picking, benefits of coffee and labor, traditional and organic coffee cultivation, varieties of coffee, sustainable coffee, the environment, biodiversity, rural development, adopting technology, productivity, and systems for coffee production.
He has directed 13 theses, several with Commendable and Outstanding ratings; he has been a consultant for nine projects, and since 2003 he has held the position of professor for undergraduates, graduate students, and those specializing in Statistics, research, economic analysis of agriculture and coffee.
In 2006, he was named Department Head for Rural Outreach of the Caldas Departmental Committee of Coffee Growers, a position that he held until October, 2015.
From November, 2015 until today, he has held the position of Technical Manager for the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation.