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Cuba's Agrifood System in Transition

Collection launched: December 10, 2018

GUEST EDITORS
Margarita Fernandez, Vermont Caribbean Institute, Cuba-US Agroecology Network, University of Vermont
Erin Nelson, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph
Fernando Funes Aguilar, Indio Hatuey Agricultural Experimental Station
Kim Locke, Sustainability Transitions Senior Associate Editor, University of Maryland
Galia Figueroa, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

Cuba is recognized globally as a leader in sustainability, particularly in its agriculture and food system. Since the early 1990s, when the island was gripped by economic crisis, Cuban scientists and farmers have been advancing agroecology as a strategy for increasing food sovereignty, resilience and wellbeing. This bilingual (English and Spanish) special feature highlights the work of primarily Cuban-based authors, with an introductory “framing” article written by the guest editors describing our goals, scope and process. This first set of papers and five short documentary videos (below) present a nuanced, in-depth examination of agroecological development in Cuba, including important innovations in practices, policies, and the social movements that support them. 

Cuba’s agriculture and food system transition is, like the country’s geopolitical reality, ever-evolving, and the present moment is one of especially rapid change, with new political leadership, a proposed new Constitution, and the promise of new dynamics with its U.S. neighbors. In the hopes of documenting some of this change and to stimulate additional knowledge exchange, this special feature is open to new submissions.  

Submission inquiries can be directed to guest editor Margarita Fernandez (margarita@vtcaribbean.org) and Sustainability Transitions domain Senior Associate Editor Kim Locke (klocke@elementascience.org).

Currently accepting submissions

DOCUMENTARY VIDEOS

RETURNING TO THE LAND

WORKING WITH THE LAND

LEARNING FROM THE LAND

LAUGHING WITH THE LAND

GROWING WITH THE LAND

VIDEOS DIRECTED AND PRODUCED IN CUBA BY ERNESTO PÉREZ ZAMBRANO AND COORDINATED BY AMI

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