Speech by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and President of the Republic, at the United Nations Food Systems Summit, September 23, 2021.

Mr Secretary General, Mr President, I have come to speak on behalf of a people coerced with the threat of starvation for over 60 years. In April 1960, in a notorious and long-time secret memorandum, a minor US State Department official  named  Lester Mallory drafted the bases of the policy of blockade against Cuba, aimed at causing hunger, desperation and the overthrow of the government. 61 years have gone by and the sanctions imposed with the intention of causing hunger and desperation are not only still in place, but have been opportunistically intensified in the present pandemic conditions. The losses suffered by our country in the period April 2019 to December 2020 alone amounted to $9,157,200,000, reflecting the genocidal nature of a declared policy of subjugating us through starvation. Despite these obstacles, through extraordinary efforts and in the face of shortages and other difficulties, the Cuban government guarantees the universal right to food in the form of a basic, standardized family shopping basket, received by all Cubans of both sexes, which includes 19 essential food products at affordable prices.  In addition, we are progressing the implementation of a national food sovereignty and nutritional education plan, designed to reduce our dependence on imports, maximize production capacity and the application of science, technology and innovation, while developing efficient, sustainable food systems at local level.  Follow the link: http://www.minrex.gob.cu/en/speech-miguel-diaz-canel-bermudez-first-secr...

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