chapter  6
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Moving between the Plan and the Ground: Shifting Perspectives on Urban Agriculture in Havana, Cuba

ByAdriana Premat

The current global trend toward ever-increasing urbanization, ongoing food insecurity, and environmental degradation – particularly in countries of the socalled South – makes it imperative to study and understand urban agriculture (UA) as a food provisioning alternative that addresses the nutritional needs of city dwellers while potentially contributing to the environmental health of cities and their surrounding territories. Although numerous valuable studies have been conducted on various dimensions of UA, the vital question of its sustainability from a sociocultural perspective has received little attention. This research project attempts to redress this lacuna through a case study of how sociocultural differences that shape people’s UA discourses and practices in Havana, Cuba, may significantly affect the long-term fate of UA.