Dayron Robles suffered from anaemia as a child.

(Photos and video by Marco Frattini)

Dayron Robles Shows Power Of School Meals

Champion hurdler Dayron Robles, who recently won a gold medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, suffered from anaemia as a child. The nutritious food he received at school helped him fight the condition and laid the foundations for his glittering future in athletics. Video

Overview

Cuba, with a population of a little over 11 million people, imports about 80% of its domestic food requirements. A number of measures are being taken to increase food production, chief among which is the allocation of fallow land to private individuals and groups, as well as the reduction of the amount of land devoted to sugar cane cultivation, but the country’s vulnerability to hurricanes and droughts, coupled with the increase in global food prices and the financial crisis, makes the path to national food security difficult.

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