Community nutrition and education in a Havana urban farm

A new grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is supporting community engagement in Cuba

A woman in a stall, selling fruit
Thousands of farmgate kiosks in Havana and other Cuban cities ensure that communities have access to fresh food

Cuban traditional expertise in plant-based nutrition has been cultivated by Afro-Cuban communities since times of slavery, and since the 1990s this knowledge has been used in Cuba’s official urban agriculture programs. The project engages a community in a disadvantaged suburb of Havana to support medicinal and nutritional plant production. It provides much-needed horticulture equipment like water tanks, a greenhouse, and gardening tools. The project is partnering with the Australian NGO Sustain to create a public online resource about urban farming.

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Project details


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Direct Aid Program

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Research partners

Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation, Havana
SUSTAIN: The Australian Food Network
Cultural Association of Cuban Heritage and Roots

Project team

Professor Adrian Hearn, Faculty of Arts
Dr Chris Williams, Faculty of Science


Professor Adrian Hearn