Voices of Hope Pew Bulletin Story
In Cuba, two of PWRDF’s partners are having great success with ecofriendly construction and farming projects. The Cuban Council of Churches is a consortium of 22 churches and 12 ecumenical centres and movements working on a project called Local Fund for Sustainable Development Initiatives in the municipalities of Perico and Los Arabos. This fund will support the development of new eco-friendly technologies for farming that can be used to increase food production while decreasing difficulties created by economic barriers affecting Cuba since the U.S. blockade.
The work focuses on the development of technology, including alternative sources of energy such as biogas that is captured from compost made from human and animal waste. People learn about composting and organic agriculture techniques in area workshops and participate in national and international forums related to participatory, integrated, community development. As well, the people at The Christian Center for Reflection and Dialogue (CCRD) are developing alternative sources of energy with the construction of biogas plants. CCRD has three models in their pilot farm in Cardenas, in Matanzas province, which has been declared a national
reference farm in Cuba, with production increasing from 60 to 190 tons in four years. They provide technical support and, when possible, financial aid for the construction of other farms. At 190 plants, Matanzas province has the largest number of biogas plants on the island, with 97 being constructed by CCRD and many others using their building expertise. These two partners are leaders in the movement toward ecological sustainability. Eco-friendly farming (PDF)