Linkage or Leakage? The Jamaican Hospitality Sector's Demand for Locally Produced Food
Lyon, Kimberly N.
- Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Abstract: Given Jamaica's large current account deficit, revenue from tourism is an essential source of foreign exchange. However, much of it is leaked through imports of inputs for the sector, including food, the hospitality sector's single largest recurring expenditure. ... read moreWith the view that hotel characteristics, such as foreign ownership or being a part of a resort chain may influence the degree to which food is sourced through imports, several interviews were conducted across the hospitality sector to determine the importance of these factors. Within the category of hotels, no obvious correlation could be found between such characteristics and reliance on imported food. On the contrary, all hotels expressed an interest in supporting local farmers, and all claimed to purchase fruits and vegetables almost exclusively from local farmers. However, they all shared the same challenges in sourcing certain high-value food items from local producers, particularly seafood and beef, and these items were almost exclusively procured from overseas.read less