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Winners of agroecology contest to be awarded today



HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 24 (ACN) A group of Cuban authors will be awarded today at the Ministry of Agriculture in Havana as part of the closing ceremony of the Agroecology Contest “Scalable innovative initiative and evidence for sustainable rural development in Cuba” which also will include screenings of promotional videos about other provinces.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) office in Cuba, the Ministry of Food Industry, the National Association of Small Farmers, and the Cuban Association of Agricultural and Forestry Technicians sponsored this event, suggested and technically assisted by FAO since 2019 with support from the European Union.

The awards will go to 15 of the more than 251 works in a competition centered on agroecology and sustainable agriculture.

One of the most outstanding studies is the family agroecological project Finca Marta, included in the new Science, Technology and Innovation Program known as Development of Logistics and Supply Chains commissioned by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and based on a combination of practical work and scientific theory to boost the Cuban food program at local level.

Named after Marta Monzote Fernández (1947-2007), this project was launched in December 2011 on an eight-hectare farm in western Cuba devoted to horticulture, beekeeping, cattle and horse breeding, fruit growing, and agrotourism.

Finca Marta has made it possible to tackle soil and climatecushion the adverse soil and climate conditions, while making efficient use of the available resources, under the direction of Fernando Rafael Funes Monzote, agronomist and PhD in production ecology and resource conservation.

Headed by Doctor of Science José Antonio Acevedo Suárez, from the Technological University of Havana, Development of Logistics and Supply Chains is focused on the modern concept of management of integration, coordination and synchronization of interrelationships.

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