Food System Resiliency: Lessons from the Cuban Experience.
Abstract: It is increasingly understood that the globalized industrial food
system upon which much of the world's population depends is vulnerable to disturbances such
as climate change, fossil fuel depletion, and market volatility, which has led many to
begin searching for food system models that exhibit greater resiliency. Cuba may provide
one such model, as the nation was forced to adapt to... read morea severe economic contraction and
reduction in access to resources after the fall of the Soviet Union and the tightening of
U.S. imposed trade sanctions, yet has persisted in providing adequate nutrition to its
people and staved off widespread hunger under these difficult conditions. This report will
examine the evolution of the Cuban food system through the theoretical framework of Social
Ecological System (SES) resiliency to draw out insights on what a potentially resilient
food system model might look like.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Julian Agyeman.
Committee: Astier Almedom.
Keywords: Agriculture, Social research, and Environmental studies.read less