THE LEWIS-BECKFORD MEMORIAL LECTURE: CARIBBEAN AGRICULTURE - AT THE CROSSROADS
Sir William Arthur Lewis (1915-1991) and Professor George Beckford (1934-1990) were both eminent scholars who saw agriculture as an essential piece of the puzzle of Caribbean development. Using this philosophy as the basis, this paper presents the challenges and prospects of Caribbean agriculture within a global context. It suggest that Caribbean agriculture is now at a crossroads given the many challenges including the importation of large quantities of food; a declining interest in the profession of agriculture; an ageing population of farmers; and poor rural infrastructure. It argues therefore, that in order for there to be sustained development in the agriculture sector of the Caribbean, there is a need (1) to cultivate a passion for producing and consuming local and regional agricultural products of quality and distinction; (2) develop programmes that young people will want to be a part of; programmes that will allow them to apply their technological knowledge to agriculture, food production and food processing, which The UWI St. Augustine Campus has been introducing through its newly established Faculty of Food and Agriculture; (3) invest more in research and technological innovation; and (4) strong decision making in terms of direction and sustained action by Regional Governments.
Sankat, C.K. (2014). THE LEWIS-BECKFORD MEMORIAL LECTURE: CARIBBEAN AGRICULTURE - AT THE CROSSROADS. Acta Hortic. 1047, 17-42
Lewis, Beckford, Caribbean agriculture, development, UWI St. Augustine