Thursday, May 2, 2013


Oxfam helps boost sustainable agriculture in Cuba

HAVANA,-- The international aid and charity organization Oxfam has in the past two decades helped Cuba develop sustainable agriculture by bringing irrigation technology and promoting clean energy.

Over the last 20 years, the Britain-based agency has invested approximately 20 million U.S. dollars on dozens of development projects in Cuba, media reported Thursday, citing Oxfam's representative in Cuba, Beat Smich.

The renewable energy projects included building 218 windmills, biogas digesters and solar panels, Smich said. The organization also contributed by repairing more than 200 trucks and tractors and providing 15,300 agricultural tools and supplies, as well as instruction.

Smich particularly highlighted his agency's assistance to 78 agricultural cooperatives severely damaged by hurricanes Ike and Paloma in 2008, and that has, as a result, increased their production of dairy, meat and vegetables.

Oxfam maintains close ties to Cuba's National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), supporting its activities and printing publications on good agricultural practices, he said.

The agency has been active in Cuba since 1993, at the request of the island country, mainly in rural areas vulnerable to extreme weather and climate change.

Oxfam, founded in Britain in 1942, is a confederation of 17 organizations working in 92 countries to alleviate poverty.

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