Cuba's Struggle for Self-Sufficiency

Authors

  • Carmen Diana Deere

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-043-03-1991-07_4

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Abstract

The demise of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON), the Soviet-bloc trade organization, has presented Cuba with a challenge almost as great as the trade embargo imposed by the United States in 1960. Cuba's initial reaction to the embargo was to initiate a program of food self-sufficiency and to attempt to reduce its dependency on sugar exports. As Cuba declared its socialist path and became integrated into COMECON trade on the basis of its comparative advantage in sugar production, the goal of food self-sufficiency was largely abandoned. The demise of COMECON and the ongoing changes in the Soviet Union, along with growing popular recognition of the costs of Cuba's historical dependency, whether upon the United States or the Soviet Union, have forced the Cuban leadership to reconsider the nation's development strategy.

Published

1991-07-04

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