Cuba is opening its doors to the rest of the world and is in a critical phase of transition. Join us in this fascinating and vibrant country to learn from the survivors of a collapsed economy and what lies ahead for a country rapidly opening up to the modern world.
This trip provides a unique opportunity to see Cuba from beyond the tourist trail and through the eyes of our local partner organisations all doing exceptional and innovative work in the areas of environment and sustainability.
From Matanzas we’ll head across to an amazing theatro community in regional Cienfuegos, living an idealic sustainable lifestyle using theater to reconnect with the land. From there we’ll head back to Havana and FANJ, spending time with our friend and partner Roberto Perez.
Accommodation is as far as possible in twin-bedded rooms (sharing with a participant of the same gender). Single supplement available at additional cost. It is in modest, comfortable hotels, guesthouses or guest rooms with our partner organisations. Whilst in Matanzis it is likely we will be camping on the farm.
**Check out some photo’s from our 2016 trip here it was incredible!
Cuba us unique in that it turned to organic agriculture out of necessity rather than out of consumer demand or market need like the western world. With the US embargo in place soon after the Cuban revolution in 1959 the Island relied heavily on the Soviet Union as its trading partner. However, with its breakdown in the late 1980s Cuba became an island stranded, even more isolated from the rest of the world with very limited access to imported goods including food and petroleum. The early 1990s thus became known as the “special period”. Food was scarce and with limited access to herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilisers and motorised machinery the way in which people had farmed in the past was no longer valid. Cuba had to reinvent the way it farmed.
In those early days the idea of permaculture was brought to Cuba from Australia. The Cubans very quickly turned to organic methods, using bare tracts of land in cities such as old car parks, rubbish sites, and any other under utilised land. The people began to create mini urban farms, providing rows of fluorescent green produce amongst the soviet style apartments. They are now seen as an example to the rest of the world in sustainable agriculture.
Photos from our trip to Cuba
Our next trip
CERES Global travel to various communities, and in doing so identify partners and community groups with which we hope to develop a connection. Returning annually, sharing our stories and experiences, we are able to develop rapport and understanding, and build long term meaningful friendships. With these friendships and ongoing connection, we find we are able to have a greater impact, contributing to a more cohesive global community, and address social and environmental challenges from a position of equality.
After a number of visits to a particular community, it is often the case that through community dialogue and engagement, an opportunity to work together on a project or activity is identified. CERES Global recognise that the activity must be community driven, seeking to work alongside the community, intending to overcome a social or environmental challenge. Based on the requirements of a particular project, CERES Global will recruit participants with a relevant skill set to the project, and in certain circumstances seek funding to meet the costs of undertaking the project. Often it is the CERES Global participants who will lead the way in establishing and playing an ongoing role in completing projects with the community.
News from Cuba
This article was written by Adrian Hearn, our friend, partner and collaborator in Cuba. It was originally published in "Articulation". By 2050 more than 6 billion people will live in cities, generating unprecedented challenges [...]
I traveled to Cuba to join the CERES Global 2 week tour (ably lead by Ben), prior to attending the International Permaculture Conference, Convergence and a week of tours to selected permaculture sites. It was significant that [...]