Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Geography and Geology
Farmer perception of land degradation and land quality in the Pindars river sub-watershed, Clarendon, Jamaica
Date of Publication
With land degradation being Jamaica's most serious environmental problem, it becomes increasingly important for mitigation measures to be effected. The problem has escalated in the last 30 years with an increase in unsustainable agricultural practices in upland watershed areas. In order for preventative and remedial actions to be taken it is important to understand the reasons behind the activities of the land users, small farmers, in these affected areas. Research has shown that scientists and farmers have not always held congruent views regarding land quality and therfore may act in different ways towards the land. Farmer Farmer perception of land degradation and land quality is one of the major influences behind the decision-making process of small farmers in regards to land use and conservation methods. This paper briefly outlines the importances of farmer perception in land use decisions and discusses ways in which small farmers assess land degradation and land quality factors in a section of the Pindars River sub-watershed in Clarendon, Jamaica. The paper is based on the results of a farmer survey carried out in five small farming communities in the southern part of the watershed.....