Food Self-Sufficiency and Sustainable Agriculture Development in the Bahamas

Ashley Liangyuan Yu

Abstract


The United States has been reported to have a food self-sufficiency rate of 124% when last measured in 2010 by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Being food self-sufficient is a feasible ideal for a majority of U.S. citizens and the country as a whole. The U.S. can achieve high yields of agriculture production with conventional farming. To the Bahamas, conventional farming is not realistic. For this reason, many Bahamians doubt that being self-sufficient in food is possible. Drawing on credible reports from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Bahamas Country Review, and in-field research experience, this paper examines the economic, agricultural challenges and the benefits of sustainable agriculture development in the Bahamas. Government influences on agricultural issues are also discussed.

Keywords


Sustainable, Agriculture, Economics, The Bahamas, Compost

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