Cuba 2006

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Cuba 2006

  1. 1. Interested in food, sustainability, community, agriculture or economics??? Consider in May 2006…
  2. 2. embarking on a Voyage to Cuba; a country like no other!!!
  3. 3. The Nature
  4. 7. The people
  5. 11. The Farmers
  6. 18. The Culture
  7. 27. The passion
  8. 28. The Revolution
  9. 29. CUBA… a country like no other! The Community
  10. 30. Field Studies in Sustainable Agriculture Tour of Cuba <ul><li>Dates : May 1 – 22 </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor : Wendy R. Holm, professional agrologist, columnist, resource economist, writer and CIDA project advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Guide : Cuba Natura, personal tour guide and translator </li></ul><ul><li>3 credits : Obtained through UBC AgSci 302 </li></ul>
  11. 31. Why Cuba? <ul><li>Its Unique History </li></ul><ul><li>During the revolutionary period, Cuba was characterized by large monocultures </li></ul><ul><li>Unsustainable intensive factory systems </li></ul><ul><li>Prior to 90’s: extremely dependent on foreign trade for agricultural inputs </li></ul><ul><li>85% of Cuba’s trade was with socialist countries in Europe </li></ul>
  12. 32. <ul><li>1989 Collapse of the Soviet Union </li></ul><ul><li>The availability for Cuba of fertilizers and pesticides dropped by 70% </li></ul><ul><li>Cuban agriculture was faced with an additional drop of 50% in the availability of petroleum </li></ul><ul><li>The U.S tightened the trade embargo </li></ul><ul><li>Castro declared Cuba’s economic crisis as the country entering a ‘Special Period’ </li></ul><ul><li>So how did a small country adjust to such drastic changes??? </li></ul>
  13. 33. It reinvented itself!!! It looked to its roots!!! It sought alternatives to high input Agriculture!!!
  14. 34. A World Leader in Sustainable Agriculture <ul><li>Cuba’s agricultural sector is a role model for all of Latin America, Canada and the rest of the world! </li></ul><ul><li>So… what supported this amazing transition? </li></ul><ul><li>How does Cuba have Global resonance? </li></ul><ul><li>That is exactly what you will be researching!!! </li></ul>
  15. 35. What is included in this course?? <ul><li>Curriculum components </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with professors and students from various universities and agricultural circles </li></ul>I.e.: Lecture given by Dr. Ernel Gonzalez, professor of rural sociology
  16. 36. Palacio de Pioneros
  17. 39. Agricultural University of Ciego de Avila
  18. 41. Curriculum components 2) Meet with representatives from, Cuba’s main professional organizations and ministry of Agriculture
  19. 42. Cuban Ministry of Agriculture Sanidad Vegetal
  20. 43. Curriculum Components 3) Visits to various forms of farmers cooperatives
  21. 45. CPA El Moncada
  22. 46. CPA Trinidad
  23. 47. Curriculum Components 4) Visits to botanical gardens and exposure to Cuba’s Green medicine movement
  24. 48. Botanical Garden in Vinales
  25. 50. Curriculum Components 5) Exposure to Cuba’s social and cultural institutions
  26. 51. Markets
  27. 55. Curriculum Components 6) Come face to face with Urban Agriculture Organoponico El Rabinito
  28. 57. Curriculum Components 7) Exploration of Cuba’s Ecological Areas
  29. 59. Vinales Valley, The Mogotes Mountains
  30. 61. What more is Included in this course?? <ul><li>Many Amazing Learning Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>An understanding of Cuba’s agricultural sector, past and present </li></ul><ul><li>The 5 factors that supported the transition and allowed Cuba to transform ideas into practices of sustainable agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Organic fertilization and soil conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological pest management </li></ul><ul><li>Crop and livestock management </li></ul>
  31. 62. What else is included in this course??? Many fun times!!!
  32. 65. Price: 2,250 USD plus air fare For a detailed itinerary and course outline www.theholmteam.ca/student.tour.html Only 25 spots available!!!

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