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Many Caribbean territories are failing to use science and technology effectively to tackle problems concerning health, management of the environment and balance of trade.

This is because science and technology are imported from other countries with little regard for the Caribbean's unique cultural context, argues Angela Ramsay in the Jamaican Observer.

The solution is a multidisciplinary approach informed by social science and human welfare perspectives, so that foreign technologies can be applied more appropriately.

Such an approach will "require effective organisational structures" and a blending of professional talent, says Ramsay.

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