The ‘Campesino a Campesino’ Agroecology Movement in Cuba

Food sovereignty and food as a commons

Authored by: Peter M. Rosset , Valentín Val

Routledge Handbook Of Food As A Commons

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138062627
eBook ISBN: 9781315161495
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315161495-16

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Abstract

Agroecology has played a key role in helping Cuba survive the acute crisis caused by the collapse of the socialist bloc in Europe in 1989-90 and the subsequent chronic crisis due the U.S. trade embargo, which have prevented economic normalization on the island ever since socialist trade relations were lost. Cuban peasants have been able to boost food production without scarce and expensive imported agricultural chemicals by first substituting more ecological inputs for the no longer available imports and then by making a transition to more agroecologically integrated and diverse farming systems.

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