To contribute to food safety in 22 municipalities in Cuba by promoting healthy eating habits and improved access to healthy and nutritious food.
Cuba currently imports some 80 percent of the food it consumes. After many years of working to develop high-input farming (high use of capital, labor, fertilizers, pesticides and gasoline-run machinery), the country now lacks these inputs, which has led to a reduction in its volume of agricultural production. Organic agriculture has emerged by necessity rather than design, but it is now an attractive opportunity for both the Cuban state and farmers, as it does not depend on the use of fossil fuels and uses locally available means of production.
PAAS phase II will strengthen and extend the value chain management process for vegetables, fresh fruit, bee honey, oilseeds, yucca and chicken fattening in order to produce healthy food. It will use renewable energy solutions, Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) and aims to develop a healthier food culture among Cubans. PAAS will also pay special attention to the most vulnerable groups in society (e.g. children, pregnant women, elderly and ill people) to improve their access to healthy food, and undertake specific activities that contribute to the social and economic empowerment of women, especially in rural areas.
Results so far
The overall goal of Phase I of the PAAS Project was to help improve the quality of life of men and women in 12 municipalities through the sustainable increase and availability of healthy food and income coming from four value chains of agricultural organic products (fruits, vegetables, oilseeds and bee honey).
Period and budget
May 2018 – December 2021, total budget: € 3,214,344
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), ACTAF (Asociación Cubana de Técnicos Agrícolas y Forestales), Hivos