Fernando Funes Monzote – “The Metaphor of the Well: Dilemmas for Sustainable Agriculture”

March 6, 2018

While digging a well by hand for seven months a metaphor emerged —both for agriculture and for life in general. The grueling process of breaking up rocks in the search for water in the most precarious conditions showed us that we are willing to put forth extraordinary efforts when convinced of our goal and commitment to sustainable agriculture. The experience taught us about the inherent connection between the old and modernity, and we learned to balance traditional agriculture and scientific knowledge together with new technologies. Connection with the people emerged as the best way to meaningfully impact the transformation of the food system. The Finca Marta agroecological project in Cuba intends to serve as a contribution to the local and global search for food justice.