Author Affiliation, Ana.
Geography and Geology; Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
Dualism and disasters on a tropical island: Constraints on agricultural development in Jamaica
Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
Journal of Economic and Social Geography
Date of Publication
Focuses on two important constraints in agricultural development on tropical islands: (i) the deep-rooted structural dualism in the agricultural sector, which is typical of many former British colonies - a large-scale 'commercial' sector predominantly geared to export agriculture, and a small-scale 'traditional' sector producing mainly for the domestic market; and, (ii) the periodic disruption caused by natural hazards. Using Jamaica as a case study, argues that a dual agricultural economy emerged from the country's colonial history, and that the island's physical geography has imposed a distinctive pattern on this structure. Contemporary agricultural patterns still reflect this dualism, which in turn has contributed to land degradation, leaving the agricultural base vulnerable to the impact of natural hazards. Draws evidence largely from the Hurricane Gilbert disaster.....