Private Area
Cuba 5A25

Project in Cuba



Nº of Beneficiaries: 2.537 people

Starting date: Mar.2011

Ending date: Oct.2014


CO-INNOVATION in agrarian processes to strengthen food sovereignty in Cuba

CO-INNOVATION in agrarian processes to boost food sovereignty.


The main goal of this project, which began in March 2011, is to increase productivity in crop-growing and livestock (by at least 25%) by developing mechanisms, processes and farmers’ capability, which will be encompassed under the technologically innovative mechanisms and processes at their disposal, developed by Cuban research centres, and aimed at traditional products in the Cuban diet.


This initiative by Oikos and its partners seeks not only to allocate resources but also to promote different forms of organisation and methods/practices that will enable producers to have other ways of generating income after they have met the requirements agreed with the State, such as selling their excess produce directly on the market in line with the rules of supply and demand.


Encouraging Cubans to use low cost “home-grown” methods and local knowledge, leading to lower dependence on outsiders, will mean that domestic products can be given priority over imports, costs can be cut, and agricultural practices continued while simultaneously improving production efficiency.


The process seeks to involve farmers as the direct beneficiaries, and to give them greater capacities and strength both individually and collectively, in addition to local decision makers. Gender is also a transversal factor, promoting equity in diagnosed processes and sectors in the value chain.


The project targets 2,537 direct beneficiaries including farmers and farm workers; researchers, specialists and technicians from the academic sector; staff at scientific institutions; and local and municipal decision makers. Co-financed by the European Commission, it is being undertaken in partnership with the organisations: CARE France; Estación Experimental de Pastos y Forrajes "Indio Hatuey"; Instituto de Biotecnología de las Plantas (IBP); and Centro de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (CIAP).



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