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The allotments of downtown Havana

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Much of the food eaten by the people of Havana is grown within the Cuban city on about 200 urban farms known as organoponicos.

Cuba used to grow cash crops such as sugar and tobacco and import much of its food, but it was forced to become a low-oil economy, growing its own food, when it lost the subsidies it received from the former Soviet Union.

Find out more on the BBC Two documentary series, Future of Food. Mondays 17, 24 & 31 August, 2100 BST. All three episodes will also be available in the UK on BBC iPlayer .

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