I realize I've exposed a personal bias with my last post; specifically an admiration for the way Cuba reinvented itself agriculturally in the 1990s, abruptly and with apparent success. I also wanted to be topical.
However, in this series I try to focus on the power dynamics of food, land and ecology, and land tenure in Cuba is flickeringly insecure. Though large state-owned farms were broken up into smallholdings after 1989, more than 80% of Cuba's farmland is still collectively owned, and private holdings are granted solely as leases by the government. For better and worse, most Cuban farmers' lots are thrown in with their neighbors.