Analysis: Soaring international prices aggravate Cuban food crisis

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By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – Soaring international food and shipping prices and low domestic production are further squeezing import-dependent Cuba’s ability to feed its people. Cuba traditionally imports by sea around 70% of the food it consumes, but tough U.S. sanctions and the pandemic, which has gutted tourism, have cut deeply into foreign exchange earnings. For more than a year Cubans have endured long waiting lines and steep price rises in their search for everything from milk, butter, chicken and beans to rice, pasta and cooking oil. They have scavenged for scant produce at the mark…

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