In the midst of the Caribbean crisis, the cost of rice cakes is increasing in Cuba.
A Cuban-owned bakery in Havana has been offering Rice Cake for about three years, but it is now available for purchase at supermarkets in Costa Rica, including at the largest rice cake retailer in the country, Costa Rica’s largest, Costa Rican-owned supermarket, Fajardo, reported.
In addition, Fjorden, Costa Rico’s largest food retailer, is selling Rice Cake.
Costa Rican President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been touting the benefits of Rice Cake as a way to boost the Cuban economy and reduce poverty in Cuba, where she lives.
In a speech last week, she described Rice Cake, which costs only about 50 cents per cup, as “a major boost for the Cuban people.”
The President also touted the rice cake’s popularity during a press conference last week in which she claimed that “it is a staple of Cuban society, a very important commodity in the economy.”
Costa Rica has a thriving rice cake industry, accounting for roughly 80 percent of the country’s rice cake production, according to the International Rice Cake Federation.
But Costa Rica is also a country that has suffered from extreme food shortages during the crisis.
Since October 2016, nearly 2 million Cubans have been displaced due to the collapse of Cuba’s international trade and economic relations with the United States.
The United States has responded to the crisis with a new round of sanctions on Cuba.
The economic downturn has also resulted in a massive increase in hunger in Cuba in recent months.
During that same time period, more than 2 million people have lost access to clean drinking water, according the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.
In the past year alone, the number of people in Cuba without access to fresh water has nearly doubled.
While Costa Rica recently became a destination for the US to sell its manufactured goods, the embargo on the US market remains in place.
The embargo was lifted on January 31, but the country is still unable to sell the goods.
Costa Rica continues to suffer from severe shortages of rice, which has contributed to the countrys worsening food insecurity.
According to Fajarden, the average cost of a cup of rice cake is around 80 cents.
The company is offering the rice cakes in Costa Rican supermarkets, which are not widely available in the US.
Fajardy has been selling Rice Cakes for about two years now.
“We have been offering them in Costa Rico, but we have not been able to get any other countries to sell them in the market,” Fajardi told The Associated Press.
Costa Ricans have long been a major market for the United Sates, who are also importing rice cake from Cuba.
Fjords, Costa Ricos biggest rice cake distributor, is also selling the rice-cake at supermarkets, but has not been available in Costa Ricas market.
Fdjords is also offering the Rice Cake to US citizens, who can purchase the product online.
“They can order it from us, it is not a direct link to us.
It is on our website,” Fjordan told the AP.
The Costa Rican government has been working on an economic plan for years, which included increasing the rice supply to 20 million tons per year.
Faja Rico is home to the largest number of rice-growing factories in the world, and Fajarde has been trying to expand production of rice by offering the product in Costa Rican supermarkets.
Fijardens plan also includes increasing the supply of rice from the United Arab Emirates and Brazil, which also export rice to Costa Rica.
“As a consequence of the embargo, the price of rice has gone up, so we have had to increase our production, but in order to do that, we need to sell in Costa-Rica,” Faja Fajartes general manager, Cristina Rizalde, told The AP.
Costa Rico is also working on a rice-related tourism package.
FJords has already offered a travel package to Costa Ricias tourists, who have been coming to the island for the past decade to visit family and friends.
The package includes accommodations for five nights at a resort, as well as a visit to the rice expo and rice cake shop, Faja Sardo.
In Costa Rica alone, about 10,000 tourists visited the rice farms each year last year, according Fajaro.
The resort in Costa Raia is the largest of its kind in the Caribbean, with nearly 10,500 guest rooms and more than 1,000 cabins.
Fjelders plan includes additional rice cake processing facilities in Costa rica, which he says would allow him to create more than 5,000 new jobs.
The Fjardes hope to eventually start selling Rice cake in the United Kingdom, where the country has been importing rice for decades.
The American government is also looking to improve the island’s rice exports