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Saturday, August 12, 2006 

Which Diversification amidst Pending Land and Zoning Issues?

In St Kitts & Nevis a growing controversy has been boiling over the government’s handling of land redistribution that followed last year’s closure of the sugar cane industry.

At the heart of the debates, it appears that diversification for an economy that relied heavily on sugar production was not fully considered. And therefore left some voids in regards to the next directions and action plans to tackle sustainable development and agricultural diversification. By looking closer into these dynamics I cannot help thinking about the waste of resources that such a stalemate can draw on a country. The limitations encountered vis-à-vis the acquisition of land drive a build-up where the lack of efficient legal system impedes upon the implementation of property rights. A phenomenon that also affects the expansion of rural development schemes to provide safeguards against social exclusion.



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