Assessing the potential for food and energy self-sufficiency on the island of Kauai, Hawaii
Karl Kim (),
Kimberly Burnett () and
Jiwnath Ghimire ()
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Karl Kim: Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Kimberly Burnett: University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Jiwnath Ghimire: Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa
No 2015-11, Working Papers from University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Food and energy security are major concerns in the Pacific and around the world. They are key planning priorities in the state of Hawaii as well. Approximately 90 percent of energy and food resources are imported to Hawaii from the continental USA or other parts of the world. While food and energy independence is a goal in many jurisdictions, assessment of the potential for local food and energy production is lacking. Research is needed to examine how agricultural lands can be used to meet food and energy demands, particularly on islands where land is limited. The contribution of this paper is the development of a community-orientated method for evaluating and prioritizing lands for food and energy self-sufficiency, based on local preferences and production possibilities. Based on a review of the literature, community meetings, and expert interviews, three scenarios were developed to assess food and energy production possibilities on Kauai. The first scenario considers maximum food production, the second assigns equal importance to food and energy production, and the third scenario maximizes energy production. This work broadens policy discussions regarding the preservation of agricultural lands on small islands.
Keywords: Food self-sufficiency; energy production; agricultural zoning; GIS; Kauai (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
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