The little-studied success story of post-crisis food security in Cuba: does lack of international interest signify lack of political will?

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Abstract

In the early 1990s, industrialised Cuba was plunged into crisis as it lost its major source
of food, fuel and agricultural input supplies with the demise of the Soviet bloc. Within a
decade, the country had recovered sufficiently to double agricultural production, increase
calorific availability by 25 per cent, and maintain a consistent and equitable social food
programme. Given the continued shortfall of petroleum imports into the country, this
was a major achievement, yet it is little studied or used as a learning example for other
nations struggling with food insecurity. This article presents the results of a unique study
into Cuban agriculture and its food system at the end of the 1990s, identifying the main
mechanisms implemented by Cuba to regain its food security status. It argues that the
lack of interest in the Cuban experience by the international community indicates that
political bias may be causing us to ignore lessons that could contribute to achieving food
security in other countries
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-153
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Cuban Studies
Volume4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • food security
  • Cuba, organic
  • Ecological
  • post crisis
  • Petroleum

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