Food aid to Cuba will come from Brazil with money from the Emirates

Food aid to Cuba will come from Brazil with money from the Emirates

HAVANA, February 14. A tripartite agreement between Cuba, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will allow the delivery of “food aid worth 50 million dollars” to the island,the Cuban ambassador in Dubai, Norberto Escalona, announced this Monday on his X account.

The aid will be financed by the Emirates and sent to Cuba from Brazil, and will serve to “improve the adaptability of food systems and increase investments in specialized projects” in the production and distribution of “nutritious, healthy and sustainable” foods, says a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) shared by Escalona.

The announcement comes during a deep food shortage, which includes those distributed by the basic family basket in the state network of warehouses.

These regulated products are several months late in their distribution and the variety and quantity of delivery has been decreasing over the years, until reaching minimum portions.

The sale of food in foreign currency trading networks, or through micro, small and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs) is not an alternative for the majority of Cubans, unable to purchase products at increasingly higher prices due to inflation. that the island lives, with the price of the dollar at 300 pesos.

40% of the island’s population depends completely on the national currency to purchase necessities and other goods and does not have access to dollars, according to experts cited last July by the Reuters news agency.

The agreement was agreed upon during the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), held in Dubai last December, and attended by the Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel.

The text from the Cuban Foreign Ministry cites a statement by the director of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency, Ambassador Ruy Pereira, who states that “thanks to this concerted operation, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Cuba make public their firm will to collaborate to support the food and nutritional security of the Cuban population”.

According to MINREX, COP28 was approved by 150 countries and managed to raise “more than US$85 billion” in funding.

Cuba, an eminently agricultural country, imports 80% of the food it consumes, according to United Nations estimates. With the lack of foreign currency, the volume of imported goods has decreased drastically, a situation that the Havana regime blames on the US embargo and the effects of the pandemic on its economy.

A law aimed at solving the problem, the Food Sovereignty and Food and Nutrition Security Law (SSAN Law), and a package of more than 60 measures to “invigorate agricultural production” have not achieved the desired impact on food production, he acknowledged. in 2023 the National Assembly of People’s Power.

A tripartite agreement between Cuba, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will allow the delivery of “food aid worth 50 million dollars” to the island, the Cuban ambassador in Dubai, Norberto Escalona, announced this Monday on his X account.

This Monday, MINREX announced the trip of Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero to Dubai, where he is participating in the World Summit of Governments.

Marrero himself said in a post on X that he hoped to meet with “the highest authorities of this nation to maintain political dialogue at the highest level and advance the implementation of the recently adopted agreements.”

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