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Rice in the Time of Sugar: The Political Economy of Food in Cuba

Louis A. Pérez Jr.


How did Cuba’s long-established sugar trade result in the development of an agriculture that benefited consumers abroad at the dire expense of Cubans at home? In this history of Cuba, Louis A. Pérez proposes a new Cuban counterpoint: rice, a staple central to the island’s cuisine, and sugar, which dominated an export economy 150 years in the making. In the dynamic between the two, dependency on food imports—a signal feature of the Cuban economy—was set in place. Cuban efforts to diversify the economy through expanded rice production were met with keen resistance by U.S. rice producers, who wer ... More

Keywords: Cuba, rice, rice production, sugar, export economy, food imports

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469651422
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651422.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louis A. Pérez Jr., author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill