Thematic Alumni Event | Cuba

Water Food nexus in Coastal Zones

Course information

Location: La Havana, Cuba
Date: 28 - 29 March 2017
Topic: Water Food nexus in Coastal Zones
Coordinator: Dr. Carlos Lopez Vazquez and  Dr. Hector Garcia
Counterpart: Higher Polytechnique Institute ‘Jose A. Echeverria’ (Cujae) and Instituto para la Investigacion de la Industria Alimentaria (IIIA) 
Open to: Alumni from Cuba, Guatemala and Nicaragua

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Because of the insular character and limited infrastructure development, the Caribbeans and Central America region is particular prone to extreme climate change effects. This may affect the welfare and safety of population and key productive sectors like the food production and tourism sectors. The food production sector is one of the most affected activities. This may lead to major food shortages and nutritional deficiencies. Furthermore, natural disasters may cause drastic losses in the agricultural and food production sector.

In the region there is limited knowledge on leading-edge technologies and practices for and to facilitate the reuse of treated (fresh) wastewater, absent knowledge of advantages of using saline water for non potable uses, and there is a gap regarding the latest developments on flood risk management, prevention and propagation between countries.  In addition, there is a lack of knowledgeable and technically capable human resources who can assist securing a long-term achievement of food security by: (i) increasing the region food self-production; (ii) supporting the urban and peri-urban food related productive activities; (iii) diversifying food production; (iv) improving the food processing chains; and (v) introducing and developing new food production methods of high efficiency and low cost.

Therefore, to contribute to cope with extreme climate change effects, the water and food processing professionals of the region need the required knowledge and information on wastewater treatment and reuse, on the use of saline water as emerging water source, on flood prevention and propagation methodologies, and on the latest advances on food processing technologies.


• To disseminate the recent experiences and knowledge in:

(i) reuse of treated wastewater, use of saline water for non potable uses, and latest developments on flood risk management;

(ii) the use and recovery of resources in food processing industries in an environmentally-friendly way; and

(iii) the fish production in intensive aquaculture recirculation systems.

• To improve the involvement and role of women in the course and their fields.

• To improve the connectivity among alumni in Cuba, Guatemala and Nicaragua, EP-NUFFIC, Dutch Institutions, Dutch Companies in Cuba and IHE Delft.

•  To set up a network of water and food security professionals in Cuba

Prospective participants

The target group focuses on alumni involved in water and food security  from Cuba, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The event aim to have 20 participants, at least 50% female alumni, to have a gender balance event.  Alumni need to be NFP scholars from Cuba, Guatemala or Nicaragua participating in the EP-NUFFIC Alumni event to take place in Cuba.

Scholarships for Thematic Alumni Events

The Netherlands Government has made full Scholarships for a minimum of 20 participants available for each thematic alumni event. Importantly, the scholarship for alumni events it is not an NFP fellowship, (which means you are still able to apply for a Short Course, Refresher Course or other programme this year). 

This (TAE) scholarship includes:

- bus or air travel (economy class) from the candidate's nearest international airport to the thematic alumni event country or place and vice versa. Please note that travel costs to reach the airport in your home country will not be reimbursed. 

- transfer from the airport to hotel and vice versa; 

- health insurance;

- accommodation, including meals, for the duration of the event.


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