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Old Farmers, Invisible Farmers: Age and Agriculture in Jamaica

Citation

Woodsong, Cynthia (1994). Old Farmers, Invisible Farmers: Age and Agriculture in Jamaica. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 9(3), 277-99.

Abstract

Increases in both the percentage and absolute numbers of elders, originally observed in industrialized countries, are now a concern for a growing number of developing countries. At present, most elders are found in rural areas where many remain active in agriculture to very advanced years. There is concern that the rural concentration of elders may have negative consequences for agricultural production. This paper presents ethnographic material from Jamaica, where agriculture occupies an important place in the life course of many elders. Contrary to popular perceptions, farming is not exclusively the domain of elderly Jamaicans, but rather occurs at various stages in the life course in ways which make such activity 'invibible" to farm surveys and agricultural development policy. Such policies fail to account for the special abilities and needs of elder farmers.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00978215

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

Author(s)

Woodsong, Cynthia

Year Published

1994

Volume Number

9

Issue Number

3

Pages

277-99

Reference ID

411