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Delegates to International Forum in Cuba Defend Participative Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture

Havana, November 25 (RHC)-- Some 280 delegates and guests from 20 nations attending last weeks Havana International Forum on Agroecology and Cooperative Promotion defended Sustainable Agriculture and agrarian reform that would include public policies that effectively support small and medium sized farmers.

The final declaration of the Fourth Meeting on Agroecoloy and Cooperative Production said land grabbing was a practice to be eradicated and called for an agrarian reform to include public policies in support of peasants.

Foreign delegates attending the meeting were appreciative of the possibility of traveling to several Cuban provinces and of visiting agricultural producers, both individual and grouped in cooperatives and witnessing the effective support they enjoy from the Cuban State.

The application of ecological principles to food production was also appreciated by the delegates, many of whom rose at the final session of the Congress to express their gratitude to Cuba for learning that sustainable agriculture, cooperative food production and the protection of the agricultural environment are possible when there exists the will to conduct them successfully.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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