Agricultural co-operatives in Canada and Cuba: trends, prospects and ways forward

  • Greg CameronEmail author
  • Francisco Rogelio Pérez Rosado
  • Dayni Deysi Díaz Mederos


This concept paper builds on comparative work on sustainable agriculture in Canada and Cuba by exploring the role of agricultural co-operatives. Findings indicate that Canada and Cuba’s agricultural co-operatives face the challenges of membership renewal and economic presence in their national economies. The paper argues that components of each agricultural co-operative system at the farm and tertiary levels could be adapted to the other nation’s agricultural co-operatives in order to strengthen community control of local food systems. The paper further argues that a new approach to agricultural co-operatives must incorporate the state itself in any potential reform agenda in both countries. The paper calls for movement-to-movement contacts between the two countries, and the wider Americas.


Agricultural co-operatives Sustainable agriculture Canada Cuba 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Greg Cameron
    • 1
    Email author
  • Francisco Rogelio Pérez Rosado
    • 2
  • Dayni Deysi Díaz Mederos
    • 3
  1. 1.Department Business and Social Sciences, Faculty of AgricultureDalhousie UniversityTruroCanada
  2. 2.Department of Social Science and HumanitiesUniversity of Cienfuegos “Carlos Rafael Rodriguez”CienfuegosCuba
  3. 3.International Relations Office, University of Cienfuegos “Carlos Rafael Rodriguez”CienfuegosCuba

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