The Caribbean island space also announced this Sunday the BioCubaCafé initiative for the cultivation and production of organic coffee, on a day that for the first time in the COP was dedicated to agriculture and food.
The results of the first three years of the IRES project were presented by its director Wilfredo Arregui, where the transformation of more than four thousand 500 hectares stands, that of the implementation of new knowledge and the use of inputs and equipment turned into a new agroforestry and silvopastoral system.
The IRES Climate resilience project in Cuban agricultural systems, with the motto Sowing the future, is the first initiative of its kind in the country, implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and the fourth designed by the Food Organization of the United Nations and Agriculture of the Latin America and the Caribbean, funded by the Green Climate Fund.
According to its representatives, the initiative envisages improving the climate resilience of vulnerable households and rural communities, through the rehabilitation of agroforestry landscapes in seven selected cities in Cuba.
The general purpose of IRES is to increase the resilience of agricultural production to climate change and guarantee food security, by improving ecosystem services through agroforestry systems.
Among its improvements is the strengthening of institutional and farmer capacities, including the creation and strengthening of 17 school farms that will begin promoting good practices to more than 51 thousand who are direct beneficiaries of the project.
An extensive dissertation on BioCubaCafe, a mixed agroforestry company established between the Lavazza Foundation in Italy and Cubacafé, dedicated to the processing and marketing of organic coffee harvested in eastern Cuba, was given by the president of the Agency for Cultural and Economic Exchange in Cuba, Michele Curto.
Curto talked about the reforestation program implemented in Cuba in the last six decades that allowed to increase the forest cover and emphasized that, unlike other countries, the production of coffee on the island takes place under the forest, which, together with the capacities produced by scientific endeavors. it is possible to achieve organic coffee, a contribution to combat climate change.
Produced in 22 towns in the provinces of Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo, this product is obtained from a mixture of fermented Arabica and Robusta coffee, after being threshed by women, where this initiative has become a source of work.