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This paper explores the practical application of the commodity systems approach to agriculture in St Vincent and the Grenadines with specific reference to hot pepper, dasheen and sweet potato. The analysis of the forward and backward linkages among the researchers, producers and the marketing agency led to targeted interventions that resulted in the selection of suitable varieties, increased production, improved quality, expanded markets and increased revenue for the agricultural sector. These results are expected to form a platform for the implementation of this approach to the development of other competitive agricultural commodities through expanded production, targeted marketing and the introduction of value added products.

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