Increasing the availability of safe food of animal origin and raising levels of animal health in order to improve food security for the population of Cuba.

Agencia Chilena de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo - Chile
Ministerio de Agricultura - Cuba
Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero (SAG) - Chile
  • MINAG officials linked to food security. 
  • Public or private agricultural production units in Cuba. 
  • The whole Cuban population.
1.089.633 €
696.057 €
47 months (February 1, 2017 - December 31, 2020)
  • The director of the Cuban National Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has paid a study visit to the IRTA-CReSA Centre for Research in Animal Health (Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal) / Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (IRTA) (Instituto de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria) / Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food (Departamento de Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca y Alimentación) of the Government of Catalonia, with the aim of strengthening capacities in the monolayer immunoperoxidase technique (IPMA).


    • Visita de estudio al Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal IRTA-CReSA, en Barcelona, para profundizar en el conocimiento sobre técnicas diagnósticas de peste porcina clásica (PPC)
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ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation
Programa ADELANTE: Cooperación Triangular

Our project seeks to increase the availability of safe foods of animal origin and improve animal health levels, in order to improve food security in Cuba. In this way, we are contributing to the 2030 Agenda through actions that are framed in SDG 2, but also in 9 and 12. Ensuring access to good quality food, we contribute to the sustainable development of the population of Cuba.


Goal 2.1

By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round


The SA CUBA project contributes to target 2.1 by increasing the availability of safe food of animal origin and improving the health standards of animals such as poultry and pigs. This will be done through training of Cuban technicians and improvements in the infrastructure of the laboratories associated with the MINAG of Cuba.

Indicator 2.1.2

Prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity in the population, based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)


The increase in safe food available to the Cuban population would reduce the levels of food insecurity for the Cuban population, both in terms of access to and quality of foods.


Goal 9.5

Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending


The SA CUBA project contributes to Target 9.5 through the training of laboratory technicians and the purchase of equipment, inputs and reagents for the National Food Hygiene Laboratory, the National Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the National Laboratory for Avian Research and Diagnosis in Cuba.

Indicator 9.5.1

Research and development expenditure as a proportion of GDP


The project contributes to this indicator by providing equipment, inputs and reagents that allow for increased analysis to improve access to healthy and quality animal foods for the Cuban population.


Goal 12.A

Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production


The SA CUBA project contributes to target 12.A through the training of technicians and professionals from laboratories belonging to the Central Unit of Central Laboratories for Agricultural Health on residues of veterinary medicines, BSE, aflatoxins, salmonella, avian influenza and swine diseases. These trainings are later replicated by means of trainings sessions to the units that produce meat for human consumption. In this way, in addition to purchases that improve laboratories, scientific and technological capabilities are enhanced to improve access to safe food and a more sustainable production.



Good Practices

Developing an internship programme between countries, involving top-level professionals to learn first-hand about best practices in each of the countries and thus encourage the transfer and assimilation of know...

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Carry out face-to-face meetings to create a protocol of action for the implementation of purchasing and procurement actions abroad, in agreement with all actors involved. This will serve both to minimise possib...

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Lessons Learnt

At the beginning of the project, the team became aware of a series of constraints and limitations established by the country's (in this case Cuba's) regulations related to imports. The lack of prior analysis of...

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Contributing to food security for the population of Cuba
La Habana

The first monitoring mission of the triangular project entitled "Contributing to food security for the population of  Cuba" was carried out in La Habana, Cuba, from 3 to 6 March 2020, with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of Cuba (MINAG), the Agricultural and Livestock Service of Chile (SAG), the Chilean Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AGCID) and the Technical Assistance of the European Union's ADELANTE Programme.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Contributing to food security for the population of Cuba
Santiago de Chile

The project "Contribution to the Food Security of the Population of Cuba", began its execution in November of 2017, and to date there have been 8 internships in which 16 Cuban professionals have been trained in the Laboratory and Quarantine Station Lo Aguirre and the Central Office of the Agricultural and Livestock Service of Chile.

ADELANTE - Cooperación Triangular - UE-ALC
Contributing to food security for the population of Cuba
Santiago de Chile

Purchase and import of equipment, technological support and vehicles for taking samples for:

  • National Food Hygiene Laboratory (LNHA)
  • National Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (LNDV)
  • National Laboratory for Avian Research and Diagnosis (LIDA)
  • Replicas of internships in Chile: First semester of 2018

Training courses for Production Units in detection and prevention of Avian Influenza and Swine Diseases: During 2018

Internships in Chile and Missions to Cuba in:

Past events

Jul 03 - 07, 2017
Havana, Cuba
Contributing to food security for the population of Cuba

Mission to Cuba to launch, analyse and programme the project

The mission will involve officials from AGCI and SAG, including experts on food security issues. Cuba will be represented by officials from MINAG and expert technicians from laboratories and other institutions linked to food security. In addition, it will be attended by representatives of the ADELANTE Programme Technical Support team

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