Crop diversification in the Eastern Caribbean: Will it help arrest declines in agriculture?

This paper attempts to address the central issue of the future of agriculture in many small Caribbean islands, especially given long run declines for various agricultural products, including livestock, the declining contribution of agriculture to the GNP, the annual loss of arable land and the progressive deterioration in the agricultural production/consumption ratio. Forecasts are made with respect to the latter three. Given the dismal picture that emerges from these forecasts, numerous policy measures are suggested to arrest agricultural decline, including land reform, strict ordinances to prevent agricultural land from being taken out of use and crop diversification. Problems(transportation, marketing, economies of scale, etc.) associated with the latter are highlighted.


Issue Date:
Aug 23 1987
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
Language:
English
Total Pages:
11




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