Impressions of Cuban Agriculture

  • Fred Magdoff
Keywords: Ecology, History


I had an opportunity in February to spend two and a half weeks in Cuba, visiting the Institute of Soils of the Cuban Academy of Sciences. We were put up in the guest house of the Academy on Paseo del Prado in old Havana. The main purpose of the trip from the point of view of the Institute was to have me meet and interact with the researchers, to discuss their main research projects. The Institute was founded in 1965 by some young people who had participated as a group in the 1961 literacy campaign and then went on to study agriculture. While there are a few older people on the staff, and many younger, the main core of the institute appears to be made up of people in their early to mid-thirties. Many of the researchers completed their "engineer agronomy" degrees (something like our MSc) after starting work at the Institute.