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Figueroa, Mark
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Rethinking Caribbean Agriculture: Re-evaluating Lewis’s Misunderstood Perspective
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40th Annual Monetary Studies Conference
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November 11-14
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St Kitts.
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2008
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21 p.
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http:; www.ccmf-uwi.org/files/publications/conference/1002.pdf
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Abstract
In 1950 Arthur Lewis published an article which in hindsight bore the unfortunate title 'The Industrialization of the British West Indies'. The title was unfortunate because Lewis never saw economic development in terms of the growth of one sector as against another. For 'those who speak as if the choice in the West Indies lay between agricultural . . . and industrial development have failed completely to understand the problem ' (1950; 843). It is arguable that the English-speaking Caribbean has, as a whole, failed to understand the manner in which agriculture needed to be developed in the second half of the twentieth century. During this time Lewis offered an alternative path for agriculture within the region. This paper reviews the ideas that he offered and comments on the extent to which his perspective continues to provide useful insights at a moment in which the international food economy has once more been destabilized....
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