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Cuba to put Food Sovereignty and Security Law into force

Havana, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's Law on Food Sovereignty and Food and Nutritional Security will enter into force on October 28, after being published on Thursday in the Official Gazette, the Agriculture Ministry (MINAGRI, in Spanish) reported.

Known as SSAN Law, this legal norm was passed by Parliament on May 14, following a popular consultation and participation process, and also advised and supported by international bodies including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Mayra Cruz, MINAGRI´s Legal Manager, explained at a press conference there will be a preparation stage of strategies for implementing such a legislation and its regulations for subsequent entry into force.

Cruz specified that if this legal norm is not approved, legal precepts of the Cuban Constitution regarding the rights of all citizens to a safe and nutritional food would not be fulfilled, for which it also corresponds to Food Sovereignty and Nutritional Education and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

The SSAN Law defines local food system as core axis to achieve food sovereignty and security by creating at the national, provincial and municipal levels sustainable and nutrition-sensitive capacities and strategies, as well as strengthening autonomy and territorial decentralization.

Its articles places special emphasis on protection of the right to food of people in vulnerable situations, and as a novelty it regulates waste and food losses in the agri-food chain.

Likewise, it promotes the rational mobilization of local resources and the use of the circular economy, in addition to foreign investment modalities aimed at food production that enhance exports and replace imports. This legal instrument will also helpful to encourage food and nutrition education with an agroecological, sustainable and value-forming approach.


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