Feeding Island Dreams

Happy New Year. Back from the holidays, we hope to ramp up our posting again.

Here is a new review paper on the potential of “agritourism” in The Bahamas. The authors broadly define this as “Agritourism, also referred to as agro-tourism, farm tourism or farm-based tourism, has a host of definitions but can be understood as a form of tourism in which there is some interaction between tourists and agricultural activities”. The paper is long, but pick and choose sections to check out – the Discussion and Conclusions is a good place to start. I copied one paragraph below to provide an example. Also, another short blog post on what agritourism is and can be in The Bahamas.

From the Discussion section…

“So what promise, if any, might small island agritourism hold for The Bahamas and its dreams of food security? While the existing agritourism farms currently have insignificant impacts on food security due to the type, volume, and seasonality of crops, it is arguable that they are strengthening domestic food production on New Providence. The three farms engaging in direct agritourism were the most active producers in terms of year-round consistency of the many farms that we visited because they had to have a constant supply of produce and goods for guests at their on-site restaurants and markets in addition to their wholesale clients. While the majority of the other farms produced very limited volumes of crops or livestock and left most of their land either vacant or utilized for housing, agritourism farms actively cultivated and expanded local markets for their goods. By engaging with customers, either indirectly through supplying goods for hotels and restaurants, or directly through creating a welcoming space for visitors, these farms all had some measure of success and profit. Similar to case studies from our global review, agritourism in New Providence has been used as a strategy to increase farm revenue rather than food production. However, the limited contributions of individual agritourism farms to food security could perhaps be bolstered by encouraging other farms to follow in their footsteps.”

By | 2019-01-04T10:11:05-04:00 January 4th, 2019|Categories: agriculture, Andros Island, tourism|Comments Off on Feeding Island Dreams

About the Author:

Craig Layman
My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.