How do stakeholder interactions influence national food security policy in the Caribbean? The case of Saint Lucia



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http://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2017.01.002
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http://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2017.01.002
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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)
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journal article
Journal: 
Food Policy
Pages: 
53-64
Volume: 
68
Year: 
2017
Author(s): 
Saint Ville, A. S.
Hickey, G. M.
Phillip, L. E.
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Increasingly, multi-stakeholder processes have been recognized as being necessary to the development of public policies seeking to promote systemic innovation in response to complex and multidimensional challenges, such as household food security, rural development, and environmental change. Saint Lucia, a small island developing state located in the Caribbean, has been grappling with a wide range of agriculture, food and nutrition security challenges with varying degrees of policy success. Recognizing the significance of the challenge, this paper explores the nature of the stakeholder interactions surrounding the development of Saint Lucia’s 2009–2015 National Agricultural Policy and considers some of the implications for food and agriculture-related policy outcomes. Results reveal a general lack of supportive conditions for effective multi-stakeholder processes, including low stakeholder participation levels, conflicting roles of different forms of social capital in the interactions between stakeholders, and missing “boundary” organizations capable of facilitating a transition towards more flexible and adaptive institutions, enhanced knowledge exchange and learning, and greater trust among stakeholders in the policy network. Future avenues for research and development are subsequently identified.

Publication year: 
2017