ROLE OF HORTICULTURE IN AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD SECURITY IN JAMAICA

N. Benkeblia
Agricultural production is an important contributor to Jamaica’s economy and providing nearly 25% of the country’s employment. Although sugar is the nation’s dominant agricultural export product, the country also produces bananas, papaya, coffee, citrus, spices, pimentos, cocoa, coconuts, as well as many other exotic fruits for domestic consumption. Agricultural production is subject to the region’s tumultuous weather, mainly seasonal hurricanes and occasional drought. Despite the increase of horticultural production, major foods consumed are imported, what keeps food prices high throughout the country. Jamaica, like many other countries, is very concerned about food security, thus rural development has become primary area of focus in the current agricultural and horticultural development programs.
Benkeblia, N. (2011). ROLE OF HORTICULTURE IN AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD SECURITY IN JAMAICA. Acta Hortic. 921, 43-48
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.921.4
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.921.4
horticulture, development, food, security, Jamaica
English

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