Socio economic dynamic of the “bijao” sheet, a sustainable artisanal wrapper




Calathea lutea, Family farming, Productive chains, Endogenous development, Natural wrapper


The value chain acts as a catalyst for relationships between agents who interact in order to pursue common objectives. Value chains are constitutive elements of regional development strategies, providing sustainability within a geographical environment and bringing quality and reputation to their actors. Within the present study, an approach is made to a link within the production of the bocadillo veleño. Which recently received protected designation of origin status and thus there is a safeguard against imitations or similar products that are made outside the geographical area of interest. The municipalities of Vélez, Barbosa, Moniquirá, Puente Nacional and Guavatá, where guava producers, growers, and transformers of “bijao” sheet (Calathea lutea (Aubl.) E. Mey. ex Schult.), product wrap, the central subject of the writing, and bocadillo makers as final product are located. The study takes a sample of 16 farms in which the “bijao” is produced, all of which are located in the municipality of Moniquirá (Boyacá, Colombia), and have or have had some type of relationship with the “Association of bijaderos of the province of Ricaurte” (ASOBIJAO), as integrating agent, and where an approach is made to its socio-economic profile. Perceptions from the study, ratify the need to catapult these efforts that arise from an associative dynamic, which revolves around a product, with national renown, and with some markets established abroad; in which some families benefit, who with their ancestral knowledge, propose an artisanal added value focused on sustainability, since their seal is a natural wrapper of a product that still resists the use of plastic.


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Author Biographies

Iván Darío Medina Rojas, Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios

Professor da Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios


- Economista (Universidad Católica de Colombia)

- Microbiologista industrial (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)

- MSc.Desenvolvimento sustentável e meioambiente (Universidad de Manizales)

- Estudante de Doutorado em Agrociências (Universidad de La Salle)

Mayra Alejandra Rodríguez Rodríguez, Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios

Professora da Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios


-Economista (Universidad Católica de Colombia).

-MSc.Estudos de Gestão e Desenvolvimento (Universidad de La Salle).

Nubia Carolina Higuera Mora, Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios

Professora da Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios


-Microbiologista industrial (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)

-MSc. Agricultura ecológica (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza)

-Est. de Doutorado en Estudos Ambientais e Rurais (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)

Juan Felipe Martínez Izquierdo, Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios

Engenheiro Agroecológico (Corporación Universidad Minuto de Dios, UNIMINUTO)


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Dinâmica socioeconômica da folha de “bijao”, uma embalagem artesanal e responsável, marcada pela sustentabilidade



How to Cite

MEDINA ROJAS, I. D.; RODRÍGUEZ RODRÍGUEZ, M. A.; HIGUERA MORA, N. C.; MARTÍNEZ IZQUIERDO, J. F. Socio economic dynamic of the “bijao” sheet, a sustainable artisanal wrapper. Revista Verde de Agroecologia e Desenvolvimento Sustentável, [S. l.], v. 16, n. 1, p. 71–80, 2021. DOI: 10.18378/rvads.v16i1.8057. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 may. 2024.