The visit took place in the municipalities Niceto Perez and El Salvador where WFP is developing a project, funded by the Canadian Government, to strengthen the bean value chain and thus support a more sustainable social safety net.
Canadian representatives confirmed the importance of the project and appreciated the strong commitment of local actors and WFP to ensure the success of the initiative.
Project Planned to Benefit 61,000 Cubans in Matanzas and Guantanamo
The project, which began operation in March of 2014, is scheduled to last three years and will benefit more than 61,000 people in Matanzas and Guantánamo. With a total cost of approximately US$ 2.5 million, this project is aimed at enhancing local production and purchase of beans as an incentive for increasing food production in Cuba. “These tools have allowed us to not only optimize the production of beans but of our overall agricultural productivity,” said Jesús Manuel Tibio, president of the CCS “Guillermo Castro”.
The project also inspires to create efficient management models that facilitate effective bean production for schools, nurseries, elderly nursery homes and maternity homes.
Utilizing the strengths of Cuban women, the project includes the implementation of specific strategies to reduce the gender gap, empowering women and advancing their participation and involvement in cooperatives.
During the tour, the delegation visited the Credit and Service Cooperatives (CCS) of both municipalities where farmers and managers stressed the positive impact of the project thus far.