Announcement Date: May 13, 2016
CDA visited Cuba with a delegation focused on organic agricultural policy and food organized in partnership with U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (ME-1). The 27 member delegation included leaders of major U.S. organic producers, importers, cooperatives, and retailers, as well as prominent policy experts and restaurateurs. We met with officials from several government ministries, toured cooperative and private farms, visited wholesale and retail food markets, and met with economists, agricultural experts, chefs, and others. The delegation had a spirited conversation with our Cuban counterparts about the value of protecting and building on Cuba’s achievements in agroecological and sustainable farming practices. We left the island having forged working relationships between leaders from both countries interested in keeping this conversation going. We thank Rep. Pingree for her leadership and the committed members of the delegation for a great trip and really productive exchange.