Cuba Urban Food Security Project and The University of Melbourne's Researchers

A research team from The University of Melbourne have travelled to Cuba for the Urban Food Security Project. The project is funded by the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR), an Australian government organization and aims to foster international relations and provide sustainable strategies in urban developments. The University of Melbourne experts from a range of disciplines traveled to Cuba to undertake collaborative research that will lead to short and long term outcomes to address emerging food security problems in Cuba.

The UoM team comprises of Associate Professor Adrian Hearn from the School of Languages and Linguistics, Professor Ruth Beilin from the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences and Dr Chris Williams from the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences. They will collaborate with representatives from Melbourne’s Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) and with Cuba’s Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation – a leading organization in sustainability strategies. 

Leading the two year project, Dr Adrian Hearn says, "We're grateful for the opportunity to engage with Cuba at this critical time in it's history.  The island is a trail blazer in organic 'clean and green' nutrition, and we will learn lessons from the project with relevance for Australian cities.  We'll focus on two-way exchange of irrigation techniques, soil management, commercial upscaling strategies, and crop choice for urban farms, drawing on the work of Melbourne University's Burnley campus and the expertise of CERES.  To build broad knowledge in these areas we're hoping to develop an overseas intensive unit of study that will enable Melbourne University students to learn alongside their Cuban counterparts."

Cuba Urban Food Security Project

Dr. Adrian Hearn (left) has joined forces with a team from Melbourne-based CERES to commence his COALAR Project at an organic farm in Havana

The Cuba Urban Food Security Project collaboration between partners commences November 2016 in Havana, Cuba. 

Read more about the Cuba Urban Food Security Project at: http://musse.unimelb.edu.au/november-16-188/australia-and-cuba-strengthen-relations-through-urban-food-security-project

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Fitzah Gulam

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