International Development Planning Review

Caribbean agriculture–tourism linkages in a neoliberal world: Problems and prospects for St Lucia

International Development Planning Review (2006), 28, (1), 35–56.

Abstract

The production of agricultural products for export while relying on imported food has long dominated the agricultural sector in the Caribbean, a legacy of the plantation economy. One strategy that can have a positive impact on reducing this dependency is the use of locally grown agricultural products by the hotel sector. However, the formation of linkages has for the most part not materialised due to the tremendous disadvantages domestic agriculture faces in today's neoliberal world. This article investigates the hurdles that must be overcome if domestic agriculture is to tap into the tourist market. The study of linkages between agriculture and tourism is situated within the theoretical context of agricultural development in the Caribbean. Research in St Lucia suggests that promoting linkages between hotels and groups of farmers such as cooperatives has the greatest potential to stimulate local agricultural production for hotel and domestic consumption.

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