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Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Cuba$
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Sinan Koont

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037578

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037578.001.0001

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Evaluating the Success of Cuban Urban Agriculture

Evaluating the Success of Cuban Urban Agriculture

(p.164) 8 Evaluating the Success of Cuban Urban Agriculture
Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Cuba

Sinan Koont

University Press of Florida

One obviously important outcome of urban agriculture is the production and distribution of foodstuffs to the population. By far the most successful subprogram of urban agriculture is in the production of fresh vegetables, with rapid growth in output throughout the island. Other subprograms, although all active, continue to be less developed. The distribution to the population takes place through direct sales at thousands of points-of-sale and the MALs, self-provisioning, and the MAEs. Social consumption of urban agricultural output takes place at workplaces, hospitals, and educational institutions. Urban agriculture plays a significant role in improving Cuban diets, but has not led to food sovereignty. Other significant outcomes of urban agriculture include employment generation, environmental benefits, and community building.

Keywords:   fresh vegetables, points-of-sale, social consumption, food production, food distribution, employment, environment, community building

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