Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Question of the week: The Role of the Agri-Food Sector

Congrats! This will be the last post that you are expected that you will be graded on. Feel free to utilize the blog in your studies for exams. Your Link List to the left has also been updated .Here is your final Question of the Week:

many persons, yourself included, are simply unaware of where their food comes from. Agriculture and food systems involve many parts if not all of the overall economy. This is simply because food is a necessity. All living things must eat. And of course in order to create food agriculture is needed. All food no matter its form (i.e. manufactured, chemically produced/altered, processed. fast food etc) stems from an agricultural product. Take a quick look at this video series via the links below:

What are the key areas of the agri food system illustrated in this example?

Monday, 8 October 2012

Question of the week - Family structure and Households in the Caribbean

We should all be aware of the stereotypes that exist in our society. One of the most prominent is that of the absent father or male figure of the Caribbean household. Despite this there are many examples of the opposite taking place. For example, the social networking site Facebook plays host to "Caribbean Man" - a space for Caribbean men to talk about who they are, who they want to be and what it means for Caribbean culture. Participants are made up of proud fathers and male role modes of communities in the Caribbean. 

The other end of the spectrum is that of Matriarchal/Female lead households. Many simply expect that a single parent family will be lead by a female individual. It is believed that children within such a situation may not have a male role model with which to learn societal responsibilities.

Comment on the impact of absentee males and the matriarchal/female led household for modern day society in the Caribbean.

Here's a brief reading on Caribbean Family's - http://family.jrank.org/pages/208/Caribbean-Families-Conclusion.html


Monday, 1 October 2012

Question of the Week: Small Scale Farming

Small Scale Farming faces several issues which are debilitating and prevent the sector from reaching its full potential. Factors such as limited capital resources for investment and a lack of technical knowledge are examples of these issues. What are the features or characteristics of small scale farming that have been influenced by people who were slaves and indentured laborers?

Friday, 28 September 2012

The Origins of Movements of Labour

This short video briefly explains how Movements of Labour came into existence. These groups began decades ago and have evolved into a necessity in today;s working world. Check out the Link List to the left of the blog, for additional resources on this topic. NB: The title of this video is incorrect. The video centers on Movements of Labour.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Question of the Week: Peasantry!

Take a look at the previous blog post. In addition to what you have done in class answer the question below. The role of peasantry vastly contributed to the development of Caribbean agriculture and society and economic diversification. Discuss. To what extent is this true? Why are so many Caribbean economies in trouble (while a few seem to be doing better)  if we all shared the same evolution . Provide lots of examples in your discussion.
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Modern Day Peasantry!

For the Caribbean region there were specific constraints to the development of peasantry and small farmer holdings. Take a look at the video below for more:
Additionally, modern day peasantry  and the negative effects it carries are as much a reality today as plantation economics. The effects which such economies have on a people may not be as server in comparison to the current setting of agricultural structure in developing countries across the world. The following provides a prime example of such: 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Question of the week: Plantation Society

The  Plantation is an organized process of production that operate as a community with a rigid system of social stratification. How has the social system under plantocracy resulted in the quality of work that descendants of slaves have to/are performing today? Given such restrictions and order of the plantation system itself, in what ways could labourers have taken advantage of the systems?

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