Armando Samper Gnecco

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Armando Samper Gnecco
Colomnbian Minister of Agriculture
In office
31 October 1969 – 7 August 1970
President Carlos Lleras Restrepo
Preceded by Enrique Peñalosa Camargo
Succeeded by Javier Emilio Valderrama
In office
7 August 1966 – 26 July 1967
President Carlos Lleras Restrepo
Preceded by José Mejía Salazar
Succeeded by Enrique Blair Fabris
Personal details
Born (1920-04-09)9 April 1920
Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Died 14 September 2010(2010-09-14) (aged 90)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Spouse(s) Jean Kutschbach (1945–2010)
Children Marta Samper Kutschbach
Belén Samper Kutschbach
Mario Samper Kutschbach
Cristián Samper Kutschbach
Alma mater Cornell University
Profession Agronomist

Armando Samper Gnecco (9 April 1920 – 14 September 2010)[1] was a Colombian agronomist and engineer. He served as Minister of Agriculture of Colombia, was a founding member and first Director of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, General Director of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (1960–1966), Dean of Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (1971),President of the National Corporation for Forest Research and Development of Colombia, CONIF (1974–1978), and President of the Executive Board and General Director of the Colombian Sugarcane Research Center, Cenicaña (1978–1990).[2][3]

He finished his secondary studies at the Gimnasio Moderno in Bogotá then moved to the United States to attend University of Maryland, College Park. From there he transferred to Cornell University where he graduated in 1943 with a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economy.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Armando was born on 9 April 1920 in Bogotá to Daniel Samper Ortega and María Amalia Gnecco Fallón. He married on 26 July 1945 to Jean Kutschbach, whom he met during his studies in Cornell University, and with whom he had four children, Marta, Belén, Mario, and Cristián.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Sintesis Biografica del Ingeniero Armando Samper Gnecco" [Biographic Synthesis of the Engineer Armando Samper Gnecco]. Medalla Agricola Interamericana 1970 [Inter-American Agronomy Medal 1970] (in Spanish). IICA Biblioteca Venezuela. p. 4. 
  2. ^ "In Memoriam" (in Spanish). Colombian Sugarcane Research Center, Cenicaña. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Armando Samper Gnecco (1920-2010) CIAT grieves death of benefactor". International Center for Tropical Agriculture. Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-02.