Lecturer researches sustainable agricultural development
Published: Sunday | November 8, 2009
A significant contribution of the work is to provide current and relevant analyses and information pertinent to Caribbean small states such as Jamaica as they grapple with the realities of neoliberalism and the reduction of preferences that were hitherto granted to them by previous preferential arrangements with former colonisers.
While the thesis argues that sustainability in these states has to be continuously and systematically managed, it recognises their inherent vulnerabilities, coupled with significant limitations, militating against agricultural competitiveness in a neoliberal international trading environment. A two-pronged strategy, targeting both domestic and export markets, is suggested.
The study ends by offering relevant policy guidelines to promote the sustainability not only of the banana subsector but also the small-scale agricultural sector in general in small-island developing states having similar policy and other environments as Jamaica.