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Food in Cuba: Policy and Practice

Cuba food


With 80% of the world’s population now living in cities, urban areas are increasingly important places in developing ecologically sustainable food systems. Cuba provides a fascinating and compelling case study in the challenges and opportunities of feeding urban populations through nearby agricultural production sites.

This program examines issues of food access, food security and food sovereignty in the urban context and in this Havana program, the socio-political and cultural framework and policies that enabled Cuba to develop its urban farming system will be examined. The program will examine claims that Cuba’s urban agricultural production is small-scale, diversified and largely organic as a result global politics and well as national policies.

The health, socio-cultural and labor market benefits that are purported to accompany this focus on urban agricultural production, including innovations in agroecology, and advances in developing a more environmentally sustainable society will also be examined. Changes in public policies and food subsidies arising from the unforeseeable consequences of Soviet collapse and the American embargo will be investigated. The benefits of Cuba’s urban agricultural system have been internationally researched.

Cuba, is now opening its economy to American trade and consumer products. Questions regarding policies to both promote and protect agriculture and public health arise. This program examines the Cuban urban agriculture phenomenon and looks for lessons and best practices both in terms of the mechanics of sustainable agricultural production and within the sociocultural and political framework supporting the urban food system.



Program dates


March 10- March 16, 2019


This program is open to all majors. Applicants must be in good judicial standing and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.   Participants must be enrolled degree-seeking students of the institution at the time of travel. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Living arrangements

Students will stay in shared residencias- student housing.                                                

Courses and credits

Students will earn 3 OHIO credits. Undergraduate students select one from the following:

T3 4414 The True Value of Food

CAS 1410 Food Ma tt ers!: Explora ti ons in Food Across the Liberal Arts

PBIO 4900 Special Topics in Environmentaland Plant Biology

PBIO 2900   Special Topics in Environmentaland Plant Biology  



Spring Break 2019  

Find out about scholarships, using your financial aid and more for this program. 

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.           

Health and safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the State Department site  for information related to safety and security at this destination. 

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.                 

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.                           

Entry and exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.

While there are restrictions on travel to Cuba, students participating in the program will be able to travel to Cuba under a general license for educational travel.  Students must stick to the program itinerary and cannot plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates.

US citizens will need a visa to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.

For more information on this program contact:

Professor Theresa Moran
Program Director

Professor Art Trese
Program Director

Cherita King
Program Coordinator, Global Opportunities
(740) 597-2721                                            







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