Growing food in the backyard to combat the rising cost of imports in Jamaica

An article in the New York Times (August 3, 2013) describes the growing cost of food imports, exceeding a billion dollars for Jamaica, and the response. The local population is encouraged to grow in their backyard, including grocery stores and schools, with seeds provided to encourage adoption. The result is that 79% of the potato crop in Jamaica is grown locally now, up from 20% a few years ago. But will the water needs and associated cost for backyard farming continue to make it a competitive alternative to imported food ? Will the excess food in developed countries and cost decreases drown out the local initiatives ? Will Jamaica’s efforts to focus on the sustainable production of local food enable it to command a price premium to support it production ?

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