The transformation of Cuban agriculture after the cold war  [1994]

Perfecto, I. (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.)

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Cuba's agriculture after the 1959 revolution had been based on large-scale, capital intensive monoculture, which made Cuba heavily dependent on the socialist bloc for subsidized agrichemical inputs and for set prices of agricultural exports. However, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European allies in 1989-90, Cuba's inputs of fertilizer, pesticides, and petroleum dropped by more than half. Cuba responded with a dramatic shift in its agricultural development model that featured appropriate technology, alternative organization of labor, alternative planning, and environmental preservation. Cuban pest control efforts now focus on biological control and on enhanced monitoring and diagnostic techniques. Soil management emphasizes biofertilizers and vermiculture. Minimum tillage and crop rotation are frequent practices among Cuba's independent farmers, agricultural cooperatives, and state farms. The transition to low-input agriculture has decreased the exodus of people from rural areas to cities, and has led to establishment of labor camps with volunteer labor and long-term programs for rebuilding rural communities. To address the loss of important food imports while ensuring environmental conservation, agricultural planning now gives priority to crop rotations, city gardens, and introduction of food crops in sugar cane areas

Other subjects

  • technologie appropriee
  • coyuntura agraria
  • production
  • trabajo
  • control de plagas
  • moyen de production agricole
  • lutte biologique
  • desherbage
  • escarda
  • travail
  • durabilite
  • insumos agricolas
  • manejo del suelo
  • agriculture alternative
  • cuba
  • produccion
  • planificacion
  • agricultura alternativa
  • sostenibilidad
  • control biologico
  • tecnologia apropiada
  • situation agricole
  • planification
  • lutte antiravageur
  • mise en valeur du sol

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American journal of alternative agriculture (USA)

ISSN : 0889-1893


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Language : English

Type : Journal Article

In AGRIS since : 1996

Volume : 9

Issue : 3

Start Page : 98

End Page : 108

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" The transformation of Cuban agriculture after the cold war "