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New Booklet Showcases Farmers’ Success Stories on Agri-tourism
How to position agriculture and tourism in the Agenda 2030?
Rome, 23 March 2017 – A brand new booklet detailing a variety of success stories on agri-tourism has been released, in an effort to reveal the success factors under which agriculture and tourism,
agri-tourism, can capitalize the immense potential of both sectors in supporting economic
growth, job creation and poverty reduction.
The booklet reveals that the sheer of the tourism sector, and the myriads of players in its value chain, means that fulfilling tourism’s potential requires strong and coordinated actions from all sectors. In particular, tourism requires services including meals and beverages, accommodation
and cultural experiences, which are services that, in some cases, can be provided by the agricultural sector and farmers.
“Agri-tourism is a growing niche sector which offers tourists an authentic experience embedded in local food and culture and combines rural aesthetics with agricultural production into a dynamic tourist package. It gives the travelers the opportunity to experience the environmental, cultural and agricultural activities, creating income for farmers” comments Marco Marzano de Marinis, Secretary General of WFO.
Agri-tourism offers an additional economic advantage for hundreds of thousands agricultural enterprises while diversifying their production activities.
A virtual tour from Mauritius to USA, from Japan to Mozambique, Germany, Italy and Caribbean to show the potential of tourism across different regions and the interlinkages with agricultural systems also covering subjects such as biodiversity, gender and youth.
NOTES TO EDITOR
About the World Farmers’ Organisation
WFO, the World Farmers' Organisation, is a community of geographically balanced entrepreneurial farmers, that regardless their size (small, medium and large- scale farmers), gender, age and composition (family farmers), aims to see their rights as food producers and role as economic actors, globally recognized.
WFO’s mandate is to bring together the national producers and agricultural cooperatives with the objective of developing policies in favour and support of the farmers' causes in developed and developing countries. Its mission is to represent and advocate on behalf of farmers in global policy fora and create the conditions for the adoption of policies aimed to improve the economic environment and livelihood of producers, their families, and rural communities.