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long lines outside supermarkets inside our bare shelves this is the grim reality in Cuba's capital Havana where new rules for rationing basic products have locals running from store to store to put food on the table three days in line for chicken and it ran out yesterday so we came over to see if we can get any here we saw the line and they said that there was chickens so we stayed to see if we could get some , we're going through hard times which affects products on the menu many products for example everything that has to do with chicken eggs flour cheese okay so and I always said sometimes we get creative since there are limits to buying in the stores we take all the workers and we get in line at various locations , while shortages are common on the communist island which has been rationing food for yours recently Cuba's economy has gone from bad to worse some Cuban economists say the developing crisis stems fundamentally from a poorly planned economy that imports more than two thirds of its food while others point the finger at Venezuela the implosion of the strategic ally has led to cuts in cheap oil the coming weeks the United States will be taking even stronger , action against Cuba Cuba is also facing fresh US sanctions for continuing to support the socialist government of president Nicolas Maduro US sanctions are also hitting the two bright spots foreign investment and tourism both had bloomed briefly after the announcement of a Cuba US to taunt in two thousand and fourteen but with trump tightening travel and economic restrictions tourism revenues dropped by four and a half percent in two thousand and eighteen according to official data calling rationing a short term solution experts say the Cuban government must implement competitive economic reforms like strengthening the private sector before the crisis deepens even further