Cuba sweetens land grant program for farmers
Cuba said on Tuesday it was doubling the amount of land it granted would-be farmers and the lengths of their leases in an effort to increase stagnating agricultural output.
In Cuba, despite the leasing of small parcels of land to some 200,000 would-be-farmers over the last decade, huge swaths remain fallow.
Former President Raul Castro began leasing land, decentralizing decision-making and introducing market mechanisms into the sector a decade ago. But most of the effort has faltered and the state has backtracked on market reforms, once more assigning resources, setting prices and controlling most distribution.