Food is scarce: you have to go to different places to find everything you need,” pensioner Rita Lina Pintado explained to IPS, referring to the main obstacle she faces to compliment her food rations that the Cuban State distributes at a low price every month.
“Some products are almost always available, then it’s the price that’s a problem, others fluctuate: sometimes they become stable and others disappear. The problem lies in the instability of the food supplies,” this elderly consumer continued. She lives in the capital’s Plaza de la Revolucion municipality (there are 15 in total in Havana).
Limited and unstable supplies have been a mainstay for decades in Cuba, which the government says imports between 1.8 and 2 billion USD worth of food per year. However, the problem became a lot worse this year when the US imposed stricter sanctions on the Caribbean country and its ally, Venezuela.