Droughts, rising seas put Cuba’s agriculture under threat


              Farmers move in a horse cart at dawn in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022.  Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change. The rainy season, already an obstacle to Cuban agricultural production, has gotten longer and wetter. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              Several fishermen park their boats, after returning in Surgidero de Batabano, in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change.  (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              A seagull flies over the river of Surgidero de Batabano in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change.  (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              A fisherman shows his poor catch of fish in Surgidero de Batabano in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              A fisherman works at the boat berth at Surgidero de Batabano in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              A dry tree stands at dawn in the countryside in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              FILE - A Cuban flag, shredded by the winds of Hurricane Ian, flies in the air while children play in the seawater from the waves breaking on Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Sept. 29, 2022. When Category 3 hurricane Ian ravaged western Cuba at the end of September, Cuba was already in one of its worst economic, political and energy crises in decades, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the Russian war with Ukraine, among other factors. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
            
              FILE - People stand along a waterfront as huge waves crash against a seawall in the wake of Hurricane Ian in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. When Category 3 hurricane Ian ravaged western Cuba at the end of September, Cuba was already in one of its worst economic, political and energy crises in decades, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the Russian war with Ukraine, among other factors. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
            
              FILE - People line up at a tanker truck distributing drinking water amid the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in La Coloma, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. When Category 3 hurricane Ian ravaged western Cuba at the end of September, Cuba was already in one of its worst economic, political and energy crises in decades, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the Russian war with Ukraine, among other factors. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
            
              FILE - A classic American car drives past utility poles tilted by Hurricane Ian in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Sept. 27, 2022. When Category 3 hurricane Ian ravaged western Cuba at the end of September, Cuba was already in one of its worst economic, political and energy crises in decades, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the Russian war with Ukraine, among other factors. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
            
              A boat arrives at the Surgidero de Batabano, where fishermen's boats dock in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              A bicycle and raft used by fishermen sits near the water in the Surgidero, in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              A palm tree is reflected in water in Surgidero de Batabano, in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              A man applies chemical products to crops to eliminate pests in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change. The rainy season, already an obstacle to Cuban agricultural production, has gotten longer and wetter.  (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              A man applies chemical products to crops to eliminate pests in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change. The rainy season, already an obstacle to Cuban agricultural production, has gotten longer and wetter. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              Agricultural workers clear weeds from a Malanga plantation in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change. The rainy season, already an obstacle to Cuban agricultural production, has gotten longer and wetter.  (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
            
              A man moves on a tractor along the highway at dawn, in Batabano, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Cuba is suffering from longer droughts, warmer waters, more intense storms, and higher sea levels because of climate change. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)