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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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Foundations in Education, Research, and Development

Foundations in Education, Research, and Development

(p.54) 3 Foundations in Education, Research, and Development
Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Cuba

Sinan Koont

University Press of Florida

After 1959, Cuba's higher-education system expanded greatly. In addition, many institutions (BTJ, ANIR, FCT, SCIT, etc.) were established to encourage technological innovation. Science education was emphasized down to the primary-school level. Cuba devoted considerable resources to R&D (for example, founding CIGB in biotechnology, establishing scientific hubs, and developing in vitro propagation technologies) and creating capabilities for R&D. In agricultural research and education, many of the universities established programs in sustainable agriculture. In addition, phyto-sanitary institutions were created to ensure plant health. The chapter ends with a discussion of two examples of outcomes for urban agriculture: one in banana production and the other in the control of nematodes (Hebernem).

Keywords:   higher-education system, technological innovation, science education, scientific hubs, research and development, biotechnology, in vitro propagation

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