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Agricultural rehabilitation projects advance in Cuba

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Agricultural rehabilitation projects advance in Cuba

Havana, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Authorities from the Ministry of Agriculture (Minag) reported on the rehabilitation efforts at local level in favor of the economy of this country.
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With the support of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), the Minag is currently undertaking the task of Climate Resilience in Cuban Agricultural Ecosystems (IRES).

The official statement specifies this plan is financed by the Green Climate Fund of the aforementioned international organization.

It is about advancing in the rehabilitation of productive landscapes of seven municipalities vulnerable to climate change, with actions such as the clearing of 184 hectares of land invaded by marabú (shrub with thorny branches).

Such works seek to establish six agroforestry and silvopastoral modules (integration of trees and forage) with impact on food production.

The report summarizes the results after a year of implementation of the initiative, released during a meeting of its National Steering Committee, specifies the message.

They point out that the project (lasting seven years) lays the foundations to advance in its objective of increasing productive landscapes.

IRES trained 3,643 people, in particular 654 directors, technicians and direct actors belonging to 71 national institutions, on topics such as resilience, inclusive communication, environmental safeguards and gender equality.

Eighteen School Farms also benefited, for the training of producers for the exchange of experiences and the dissemination of best agro-productive practices of the project, which favors 51 thousand 98 farmer families.

The national coordinator of the project, Wilfredo Aregui, outlined that another of the most important results was the creation of a Group of Experts for the design of the Resilient Landscapes Fund.

Said Fund will provide financial resources to producers and productive units to motivate the adoption of production practices and technologies that improve the landscape.

The initiative seeks to reduce climate vulnerability in the towns of Los Arabos in the province of Matanzas, Santo Domingo, Quemado de Güines and Corralillo in Villa Clara, and Jobabo, Amancio Rodríguez and Colombia in Las Tunas.

The directors expect among its results the rehabilitation of 15 thousand 544 hectares (ha) of land, today covered with marabou, with a direct impact on the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions derived from land use.

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