May Ling Chan: May Ling Chan is CEO of Friends of the Earth-Hong
Kong. She worked with Oxfam Hong Kong in Asia and Africa for over
12 years. Her research at the Agrarian University of Havana focused
on agricultural policy, agroecology and incentive structures for
sustainable production from 2005 to 2009.
Eduardo Francisco Freyre Roach: Eduardo Francisco Freyre Roach, PhD has been a professor at the Agrarian University of Havana for 27 years, specializing in rural sociology, sustainable agriculture and bioethics.
This book reminds us that the only option for a small island nation facing an inhumane embargo and devastating hurricanes, is to embrace agroecology as a path to achieve food sovereignty and agricultural resiliency while maintaining its political autonomy.
CLARA I. NICHOLLS
Regional Coordinator of Red IberoAmericana de Agroecologia para el Desarrollo de Sistemas Agricolas Resilientes al Cambio Climatico (REDAGRES)
The unfinished puzzle refers to the challenge of overcoming the
Cuban agriculture paradox. Despite great agroecological advances
and with over 120,000 peasants using sustainable methods--and
producing most of the food in the island--why does Cuba still
import substantial amounts of food? and why is the government
releasing transgenic plants such as Bt corn? Why is agroecology,
considered as "alternative," and only supported under scenarios of
economic scarcity? This book, helps to address this unfinished
MIGUEL A. ALTIERI
President, Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA)