Friday, 6 May 2016

Agro-ecology in Cuba (online)

The Paradox of Cuban Agriculture

When Cuba faced lost trade relations with the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s, food production collapsed due to the loss of imported fertilizers, pesticides, tractors, parts, and petroleum. Cuba posted the worst growth in per capita food production in Latin America. But the island rapidly re-oriented its agriculture to become a world-class case of ecological agriculture. Cuba rebounded to show the best food production performance in Latin America over the following period, a remarkable annual growth rate of 4.2 percent per capita, a period in which the regional average was 0 percent.

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