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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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The Nature and Organization of Cuban Urban Agriculture

The Nature and Organization of Cuban Urban Agriculture

(p.29) 2 The Nature and Organization of Cuban Urban Agriculture
Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Cuba

Sinan Koont

University Press of Florida

The National Group for Urban Agriculture (GNAU) in the Ministry of Agriculture has been designated as the lead institution in the urban agriculture effort in Cuba. Their (and other Cuban experts') views on what constitutes urban, sustainable agriculture open the discussion in this chapter. Land-tenure institutions and different modalities of production—organóponicos, huertas intensives, parcelas, and patios—within urban agriculture are briefly covered. GNAU, at the top of a pyramid that includes Groups of UA at the provincial and municipal levels, publishes a Manual Tecnico de Organopónicos and oversees the 28 subprograms that make up urban agriculture, three of which are discussed in some detail. It also carries out a program of site visits, and has an inspection and evaluation function. On the executive, administrative side, GNAU is complemented by a system of granjas urbanas and urban-agriculture representatives. Together they constitute a system of “centralized decentralization.”

Keywords:   GNAU, land tenure, subprograms, granja urbana, urban-agriculture representative, Manual Tecnico, sustainable agriculture, urban agriculture

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