Cuba has experienced dramatic change in its agricultural sector. Prompted in part by the loss of economic support from the former Soviet Union, including fertilizers, pesticides, tractors and petroleum, and dramatic agrarian reform that encouraged private and cooperative land ownership, Cuban farmers have increased food production through smaller scale, low-input farming practices, and nearly one fourth of Cuban farms are organic. Although Cuba continues to depend on costly food imports, its innovations in agroecology science and practice have reduced food insecurity in Cuba and present a thought provoking model for sustainable food production.


  • Fernando R. Funes-Monzote, PhD., Agroecologist Researcher, Consultant and Farmer
  • Audley Burford, Latin America Marketing Manager, CHS Inc.
  • Shannen Bornsen Nettleton, International Sales Manager, Seneca Foods Corporation
  • Chris Bercaw, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

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