Agriculture and the Belize banana industry are interdependent on the other, matching both the health of the economy, peoples’ livelihood and the nutritional needs of its people. As an income earner for many, majority of the surrounding villages are highly dependent on the crop and positively influenced by the industry production.
With a ratio of one person employed for every two acres under production, it is estimated that the industry employs about 3,500 workers, which represents 3% of Belize’s employed labor force and about 30% of the labor force of the Stann Creek District.
Approximately 15,000 persons (men, women and children) or 40% of the population of the Stann Creek District are dependent on a single wage earner from the banana industry to provide for their standard of living including food, housing, clothing, education and health.
The banana industry is without a doubt, a sector that holds great promise for Belize and its development.