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Restructuring Worker Training, Preparatory Education, and Material Inputs for Urban Agriculture

Sinan Koont

in Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Cuba

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037578
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037578.003.0005
Restructuring Worker Training, Preparatory Education, and Material Inputs for Urban Agriculture

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Cuba faced challenges in provisioning urban agriculture with a workforce, extension services, and material inputs, the Cuban efforts to deal with which this chapter addresses. There exist extensive training, education, and dissemination efforts by various institutions, such as ACTAF, ANAP (farmer-to-farmer), GNAU, Centers for Sustainable Agriculture Studies, INCA, Agroecological Beacons Program, and GNAU. The efforts in educating school children include circles of interest (primary level) and a network of Agricultural Polytechnic Institutes (IPAs, secondary level). In terms of material inputs, seeds are available through municipal seed farms, and individual producers are encouraged to produce their own seeds. There also exist large-scale programs for providing organic/biological fertilizers, such as compost and worm humus, as well as a network of over 200 CREE centers producing biological pesticides. These materials are made available to the producers through CTA stores providing both sales of material inputs and extension services.

Keywords: workforce; primary education; secondary education; extension services; seeds; CREE; pesticides; fertilizers; CTA stores

Chapter.  7490 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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