and all of whom are variously entreated with their own songs during
ceremonies (Gibson 2005 : 209–10). Members of
the Converted, an African Baptist faith from StVincent, practice a
form of spiritual journeying through which they will receive
guidance for problems that plague their everyday life. In this
journeying they also might visit Africa, India and China –
directly, in order to
keep down wages and minimise social and environmental requirements. In
contrast, productivity in the Caribbean is much lower. But because most farmsteads are operated by their owners and employ a small number of people, the
working conditions are better while chemical use is lower.
The Windward Islands are particularly dependent on banana production.
Bananas make up 91 per cent of St Lucia’s foreign exchange earnings, 71 per
cent for Dominica, 28 per cent for StVincent and 13 per cent for Grenada. Fifty
per cent of jobs in StVincent and 30 per