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Rhiney, Kevon
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Forging new linkages in a changing global economy? The case of cooperatives and their link with the Negril tourism industry.
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Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers.
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April 19, 2007.
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San Francisco, California.
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2007
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For centuries the Caribbean has relied heavily on traditional forms of export agriculture limited to only a few export crops or their by-products. Consequently, domestic cropping systems have largely been neglected and therefore lack the sectoral capacity to meet existing and future market demands. Within the context of a changing global economy and increasing environmental vulnerability, most Caribbean states are becoming evermore cognizant about the need to reform their respective agricultural sectors. Part of this reform includes an emphasis on non-traditional crops as well as non-traditional markets such as tourism. If destination countries, particularly those in the Caribbean, are to maximize benefits from tourism development, ways must be found to increase backward economic linkages, including utilizing local food products in the tourism industry.This paper is part of an ongoing study that explores the complex and multifaceted relationship existing between tourism and local agriculture in Negril, Jamaica. The research is informed by data collected through a series of surveys, focus groups and in-depth interviews between key players in Negril's local food chains. This paper will explore cooperatives as an alternative to traditional farming systems in forging a viable link with the tourism industry. Evidence will be drawn from detailed case studies of two farmers' cooperatives; one has been able to successfully supply the Negril tourism industry, and the other has failed to do so. The paper contends that despite many existing and impending challenges, these changing forms of social organization provide a practical means of forging stronger linkages between both sectors.....
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