This chapter starts with a brief discussion of the reasons for the turn to urban agriculture, as well as the enabling historical roots of this turn in human-resource formation and social organization, in Revolutionary Cuba. The terms “urban,” “sustainable,” and “agroecology” are introduced and defined. Major contrasting elements with urban agriculture elsewhere in the world are pointed out, especially the strong support provided by the Cuban government and the absence of massive rural–urban migration in Cuba. Next, the state of scholarly publications on urban agriculture in general and in Cuba is briefly reviewed. The introduction ends by outlining the topics to be covered in subsequent chapters and the main arguments to be developed.
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