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Mundubat´s presence in Cuba

Our work on the island began in 1996, when a group of Cuban individuals, organisations and civil society institutions came together to think about three main issues: improving the habitat, improving the production capacity of the agricultural industry and ensuring comprehensive rural development.

Currently, our mission in Cuba consists of attaching value to the immense human and professional capital which exists on the island thanks to the excellent education system established after the revolution, in order to rise to the economic and social challenges facing the country within the framework of South-South cooperation activities carried out at a regional level.

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Cuba is currently going through one of the most important periods of its recent history. With the definition of its future over the coming decades at stake, the country is clearly opting to preserve its humanist nature by overcoming the economic and social difficulties with which it has been beset for years. Since the 6th Congress of the Communist Party in 2011 and the approval of the ‘Guidelines for Economic and Social Policy’, the situation in the country has changed, giving rise to social spaces for the development of economic systems designed to complement central planning by the government. These systems must be channelled within the general framework of the social system, since they may otherwise generate dynamics that clash with the aim of achieving equality. To this end, the consolidation of the Cuban humanist model must resolve the contradictions posed by this new period, particularly in relation to issues refined and modified by the Guidelines published in the wake of the 6th Party Congress. These include the nature of direct foreign investment and the conditions such operations usually demand for long-term production investments.

Geostrategic transformations will also have a considerable impact on the situation in the country. Bilateral relations with the United States will impact Cuba’s ability to develop its economy and international relations, and will also influence the consolidation of the Cuban system. At an internal level, the country’s commitment to an economic model based on cooperativism and popular participation, which aims to ensure the preservation and enhancement of the social achievements gained since the early years of the revolution, constitutes one of the main challenges facing the Cuban people. Cuban women have become key figures in the cooperative system, although the gender barriers that exist in all societies are present on the island also and hamper their further advancement. Both cooperativism and the full incorporation of women into the construction of a model oriented towards development and social justice are faced with the important challenge of finding a way to replace imports in order to ensure greater food sovereignty.

Gender and Feminisms

We work to strengthen the role and position of women within production structures and decision-making bodies. Mundubat supports processes of regional reflection and exchange, based on the principles of the Feminist Economy and focusing specifically on new methods of non-state management and the cooperative sector. We also encourage organisations to update their gender strategies and to support the feminist movement.

Food Sovereignty

We promote sustainable production based on the tenets of agro-environmentalism, seeking, from the perspective of Food Sovereignty, to increase food production for self-sufficiency. To this end, our aim is to strengthen the Urban, Suburban and Family Agriculture (abbreviated to PAUSF in Spanish) programme, fostering short distribution circuits and working always towards replacing imports with local products. We also work on articulating relationships between stakeholders in the agricultural industry and the cooperative sector, as a means of strengthening the value chain.

Asociación Cubana de Producción Animal (ACPA)

Asociación Cubana de Técnicos Agrícolas y Forestales (ACTAF)

Asociación Nacional de Agricultores Pequeños de Cuba (ANAP)

Federación de Mujeres Cubanas (FMC)

Oficina Regional de la FDIM (ORFDIM)

Instituto de Filosofía

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