Published in Caribbean Geography, Volume 15, Issue 2, January 1, 2008, pages 101-117. Copyright © 2008 University of the West Indies, Department of Geography and Geology. Posted with permission.
Caribbean development theory has long advanced a break from economic reliance on single crop exports through the promotion of domestic agriculture. Yet today the domestic agriculture sector in much of the Caribbean is underdeveloped, as the rising food import bill attests. This paper examines the historical views on domestic agriculture by development theorists with a focus on how recurring economic crises have created opportunities to advance domestic agricultural production. While internal and external forces have thwarted many of these efforts, the current global food crises may provide a sustained incentive to overcome the structural legacy of the plantation economy through development of the domestic agricultural sector.
Social and Behavioral Sciences