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Cuba: Urban gardening takes deeper root in Cuba amid pandemic

As Havana eases COVID-19 restrictions as part of a first phase of Cuba’s post-pandemic recovery plan, a growing number of people continue to make room on their balconies, rooftops, backyards or patios for a wide variety of herbs and vegetables.

Editor: Huaxia
Xinhua|
2020-07-06

Excerpt:

Angel Hernandez, a resident of Havana’s central Playa district, never imagined he would be cultivating crops again after retiring, but the COVID-19 pandemic presented a good excuse.

Like many Cubans, he has been supportive of the country’s efforts to increase food production amid economic restrictions, the tightening of the six-decade U.S. trade embargo against the island and now the health emergency.

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July 9, 2020   Comments Off on Cuba: Urban gardening takes deeper root in Cuba amid pandemic

Cuba’s President shares article on urban agriculture

Manuel Marrero Cruz, also known as Manuel Marrero, is a Cuban politician currently serving as the Prime Minister of Cuba, and the first since Cuba resurrected the office of the Prime Minister in December 2019

Prensa Latina

Feb 2020

Havana, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel shared this Monday an article on urban, suburban and family agriculture in the country, in which attention was drawn to that program of the First Secretary of the Communist Party Raul Castro.

According to Granma newspaper, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero received a plaque on behalf of Raul Castro for boosting that popular movement from Elizabeth Peña, the national director, during a balance in the Segundo Frente municipality, in the eastern Santiago de Cuba province.

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February 25, 2020   Comments Off on Cuba’s President shares article on urban agriculture

Canada: Tour Cuban Urban Agriculture with Wendy Holm P.Ag

Wendy is an award-winning resource economist, Professional Agrologist (Ret’d), author and journalist who has brought over 800 farmers, students and chefs to Cuba over the past 21 years.

Wendy Holm P.Ag
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Eat for a living and dwell in the city? Then you really need to come to Cuba to witness first hand her cutting edge urban farming practices! When the Soviet Union collapsed and Cuba lost access to farm chemicals and inputs, her system of food production had to be reinvented overnight. This happened most quickly in the cities. By 1999, the Grupo de Agricultura Orgánica in Cuba was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize – the Right Livelihood Award – by the Swedish Parliament for urgan agriculture.

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August 12, 2019   Comments Off on Canada: Tour Cuban Urban Agriculture with Wendy Holm P.Ag

Urban Agriculture: What U.S. Cities Can Learn from Cuba

The Grant Park “Art in the Farm” Urban Agriculture Potager, located in Downtown Chicago, grows an abundance of vegetables, culinary herbs and edible flowers on a 20,000 square foot urban farm. (Julie Thurston Photography/Getty Images)

The ideal strategy would be to pursue land reform similar to that practiced in Cuba, where the government provides 32 acres to each farmer, within a few miles around major cities to anyone interested in producing food. Between 10 and 20 percent of their harvest is donated to social service organizations such as schools, hospitals and senior centers.

By Miguel Altieri
Professor of Agroecology, University of California, Berkeley,
US News
Feb 13, 2019

Excerpt:

In Cuba, over 300,000 urban farms and gardens produce about 50 percent of the island’s fresh produce supply, along with 39,000 tons of meat and 216 million eggs. Most Cuban urban farmers reach yields of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) per square meter per year.

If trained Oakland farmers could achieve just half of Cuban yields, 1,200 acres of land would produce 40 million kilograms of vegetables – enough to provide 100 kilograms per year per person to more than 90 percent of Oakland residents.

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February 18, 2019   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture: What U.S. Cities Can Learn from Cuba

Call to Urban Farmers in Cuba: Prepare for Less Fuel

The number two man in the Communist Party, Juan Ramon Machado Ventura, 88, foresees less fuel in Cuba for power driven irrigation.

The Cuban state benefits from Venezuelan oil under an exchange insured until now with the presence of tens of thousands of Cuban professionals, mostly doctors and other health workers and educators, working on “missions” in the South American country.

By Vicente Morin Aguado
Havana Times
Feb 5, 2019

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Trabajadores, the official weekly organ of the only Cuban labor union federation, published on Monday a report that outlined the words of the Second Secretary of the Communist Party, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, saying that “a decrease in the availability of fuel is envisioned.”

The article cites an intervention by Machado Ventura, 88, and one the country’s vice presidents, at a recently held annual meeting on Urban and Suburban Agriculture and Family gardening program saying, “I recommend looking for watering cans to guarantee irrigation for the crops.”

These are the intensive urban gardening crops, centered on the production of vegetables, whose production in the immediate future concerns the Communist Party leader. He exhorted growers “to do more, to work with greater intensity, “to stabilize the supply to tourism, the population and substitute imports.

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February 6, 2019   Comments Off on Call to Urban Farmers in Cuba: Prepare for Less Fuel

Cuba, World’ s Largest Experience in Urban Agriculture, FAO Says

Continuous advances are being made, with the acquisition of new equipment, to benefit the Urban, Suburban and Family Agriculture Program, in its 20th year. Photo: Julio Martínez Molina

Three major problems of urban agriculture in the region were identified: organization of production, availability of water, management with the community and market.

Prensa Latina
Havana, Sept 26

Havana, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has the world”s greatest experience in urban and peri-urban agriculture, FAO representative Marcelo Resende said on Wednesday during a visit to the organoponic Alamar in Havana.

The official of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) pointed out that in a meeting between that organization and nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, three major problems of urban agriculture in the region were identified: organization of production, availability of water, management with the community and market.

Resende also praised the Municipal Self-Supply Plan applied in the country, for the production and delivery of 30 pounds of grains, fruits and vegetables per capita per month, which integrates the production of healthy food with consumption, and is one of the most revolutionary measures of agriculture on Cuba in recent years, he said.

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October 1, 2018   Comments Off on Cuba, World’ s Largest Experience in Urban Agriculture, FAO Says

Cuba: Army General Raúl Castro Ruz congratulated for his contribution to urban and suburban agriculture

Urban agriculture advances

Radio Cadena Agramonte
Feb 13, 2018

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Havana, Feb 13.- Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, was congratulated for his contribution to urban and suburban agriculture on the 20th anniversary of the program and the 30th of organic gardens, in recognition of his initiative and support for the development of this effort.

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February 19, 2018   Comments Off on Cuba: Army General Raúl Castro Ruz congratulated for his contribution to urban and suburban agriculture