Grown in Jamaica since the days of slavery, food yams are major staples in localdiets and a significant non-traditional export crop. The cultivation system used today is the same as 300 years ago, with alleged unsustainable practices. A new cultivation system called minisett was introduced in 1985 but the adoption rate twenty four years later is
extremely low. This paper analyzes the prospects for the widespread adoption of minisett and sustainable yam cultivation and advocates that greater use be made of farmers’ extensive knowledge of the complex agro-ecological, socio-cultural and economic milieu in which they operate.
“Clinton L. Beckford” Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario
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