ANAP Definition and Meaning

ANAP Definition and Meaning

According to abbreviationfinder, ANAP stands for National Association of Small Farmers.


The ANAP has 4,331 grassroots organizations that bring together 331,874 associates, of which 35,971, 11%, are women.

Of the grassroots organizations, 1,089 are Cooperatives of Agricultural Production (CPA) (Voluntary associations of peasants who unite their lands and productive assets to form a socialist cooperative company, with common assets and where work is organized collectively. The remuneration of their members is based on the work contributed) and 3,242 are Credit and Services Cooperatives (CCS) (Associative organizations where the individual form of ownership of land and other productive assets is maintained, work is organized as a family economy. Management cooperative of the CCS facilitates technical assistance, credit and services to the population).

The CPAs have 62,494 members and the CCSs 269,380, of which 159,545 are landowners and 109,835 are usufructuaries.

To direct the grassroots organizations in the cooperatives, the following organic and territorial structure is available: a National Committee with an Executive Bureau elected from within, as well as an auxiliary apparatus of professional cadres. Fourteen Provincial Committees and 153 Municipal Committees with their respective Executive Bureau.

International cooperation

International cooperation in ANAP began in 1993. In this period, 140 projects were executed, with an amount of 17.6 million dollars, which were entirely dedicated to the productive, economic and social development of the CPAs and CCSs.

In this process of formation and execution of projects, relationships were established with 40 Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs and/or institutions, of which 37 are from Europe and 3 from America. Projects are currently being executed with 21 NGOs in different sectors; among them:

  • Agro-food production and food security.
  • Organic farming.
  • Training and qualification.
  • self-sustaining development.
  • Exchange of experiences.
  • Management of cooperative companies and strengthening of the CCS.
  • Transfer of appropriate technologies.
  • Environmental Protection.
  • Agroecological movement From peasant to peasant.

International relations

The ANAP develops multiple activities within the social movements in the different continents.

It actively participates in the different World and Regional Social Forums that have been developed, in which papers related to the agrarian policy of the Cuban Revolution have been presented and defended and our experiences in the application of the Agrarian Reform have been highlighted in accordance with the concrete conditions, the Cooperative Movement (CPA and CCS) and the work of the Revolution in the countryside. The defamatory campaign of the enemies against Cuba has also been denounced, as well as the battle waged by the entire people for the release of the Five Heroes imprisoned by the empire.

The ANAP maintains relations abroad with more than 100 peasant and indigenous organizations from Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

He is a member of the Operational Secretariat of two international organizations, within which he plays a leading role and coordinates their activities in the Caribbean region. They are: La Vía Campesina and the Latin American Coordinator of Rural Organizations (CLOC).

They are also members of the Latin American Agroecological Movement (MAELA) and chair the Agroecology Commission within La Via Campesina.

In the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a project of great political significance called Support for the training of peasants and indigenous people in agricultural production under an agroecological approach is also being carried out. At present, work is being done to reestablish the historical relations with the peasant and indigenous organizations of Bolivia.

Peasant traditions

The conservation and development of peasant traditions in Cuba means popular support with the community as a fundamental and leading scenario that validates its most genuine roots and customs.

Proof of this is the realization in rural areas throughout Cuba of changüíes, parrandas or guateques, tournaments or bando competitions, altars, wakes or illuminations and drum revelries, festivities that have the support of the main national cultural institutions and the neighbors of each peasant community.

In the country, the Cucalambeanas Conference stands out, with its headquarters in Las Tunas, in which homage is paid to improvised verse, and the Eduardo Saborit Festival, in Guisa, Granma, where farmers gather to sing tenths, establish controversies and show what most representative of the mountains.

Also with deep popular roots, the Red and Blue sides of the municipality of Majagua, in the province of Ciego de Ávila, preserve the richness of old rhythms and attractive stories.

Transmitted from generation to generation, these festivities have dragged with them, since the 1920s, the entire local town through competitions between two troupes.


Baseball, dominoes, fishing and rodeo are widely accepted within the sector, sports to which others of rural tradition must be added for a greater option in the use of free time.

Of great importance is the formation of values ​​and also the visits of outstanding athletes, Olympic and world champions, to communities and population settlements located in very distant places.

ANAP Definition and Meaning

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