Thomas-Hope, Elizabeth M.; Semple, Hugh M.; Spence, Balfour A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Geography and Geology
Household structure, agrodiversity and agro-biodiversity on small farms in the Rio Grande Valley, Jamaica
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This study was based in Fellowship and surrounding communities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in the Parish of Portland, Jamaica. The Parish of Portland is a high rainfall area with a rich flora and fauna. The terrain is hilly to near mountainous. Heavy rainfall and steep slopes increase the anount of erosion and threaten the sustainability of agriculture in the area. At the same time farmers are increasingly attracted to the lucrative banana export market. The authors examine the extent to which household structure is related to crop diversity on small farms in the study area. The research hypothesis is that farm household characteristics play a significant role in the range of plant species found on small farms.....