This Strengthening Project of the Integrated Knowledge Management System for Sustainable Food Security in Cuba (Consas), is implemented with financial support from the European Union and technical support from FAO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Consas has had challenges because it began under the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, said Aymara Garcia, a consultant from the FAO Office in Cuba, at the conclusion of a workshop on the program.
In spite of this very complex context, we mainly focused on carrying out the diagnosis to know the situation of the integrated system, how knowledge and innovation were managed in the six Cuban municipalities of the intervention area, Garcia stressed.
These are three in Villa Clara province (Santa Clara, Placetas, Remedios), and an equal number in Sancti Spiritus province (Sancti Spiritus, Yaguajay and Taguasco).
In them, the official emphasized, actions began to strengthen the links between the knowledge sector and the food production sector, through the introduction and generalization of the achievements of science, technology and agricultural innovations.
Although the initial work of identifying capacities at the local level was very complex under Covid-19 conditions, it made possible to really know the main limitations and potentialities in each of the municipalities for the implementation of the design, he added.
In this sense, Garcia considered that today they are in a stage of greater progress because of everything that has been done in the last few months due to the opening that exists in the country to more face-to-face work.
The project, approved in 2019 as part of the SAS Cuba Program, is aimed at improving the articulation of actors in the selected municipalities, in an integrated knowledge management system, based on sustainable and resilient food production.