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Struggling to Compete: Liberalization and Belizean Banana Production


This paper explores the restructuring of the Belizean banana industry,
following the phase-out of preferential trade. The industry has sought to
access a high value export niche based on rigorous quality standards.
Drawing from 121 qualitative interviews with plantation workers,
managers, and owners, the analysis focuses on the tactics deployed by
owners and management teams to maintain a reliable workforce while
containing costs, and the responses of workers to the changing conditions

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