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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

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Farmer, Amy


This honors thesis delves into the multifaceted approach to development within the Stann Creek District of Belize, as undertaken by the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in collaboration with the international non-profit Peacework. Authored by Brady A. Voss under the guidance of Dr. Amy Farmer, this research is a culmination of efforts aimed at enhancing economic growth and sustainability in the region.

The thesis begins by outlining the author's involvement in three primary projects during a summer internship in 2023: assessing market awareness of dragon fruit, estimating the cost of production for habanero peppers, and formulating a business plan for the Hopkins Farmers’ Cooperative (HFC). These initiatives were designed to support the MOA's mission of ensuring food security and fostering innovation and competitiveness in the agricultural sector.

Through rigorous data collection and analysis, this research contributes valuable insights into the economic landscape of the Stann Creek District. By addressing market awareness gaps, understanding production costs, and promoting cooperative ventures, the thesis aims to empower local farmers and entrepreneurs, ultimately driving economic development.

The findings of this thesis not only support the MOA's strategic objectives but also offer practical recommendations for policymakers, stakeholders, and community leaders. By emphasizing the importance of collaboration, innovation, and sustainability, this research underscores the significance of holistic approaches to development in achieving long-term prosperity for Belize as a whole.


Belize, Stann Creek District, Cost of Production, Business Plans, Marketing Surveys, Peacework