AGROTOURISM IN THE GREEN ECONOMY POLICY CONCERNS & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CARIBBEAN Roxanne Waithe Agrotourism Specialist, IICA Office In Barbados 20TH September 2012
Presentation Outline• Agriculture in the Green Economy• Agrotourism in the Green Economy• Status Caribbean Agrotourism – project initiatives and policy concerns• Opportunities for Investment
There can be no Green Economy without Green (sustainable) Agriculture.
Agriculture & the Green Economy 2. Minimizing the 1. Producing more negative impacts of food with fewer farming activities resources on the environment 3. Helping smallholder farmers to break the cycle of poverty
Greening the Economy with Agriculture Policies link producers to markets, and encourage the creation of value added products and services Focus on production using indigenous and scientific technologies Invest in training for young farmers, knowledge sharing, research and development Recommendations to Policymakers Rio+20 (UNCSD) 2012 http://www.earthsummit2012.org/ or http://www.uncsd2012.org/
Agrotourism & the Green Economy Main concerns 1. The development of 2. The capacity for productive, functional agriculture to reduceand sustainable linkages the level of leakages inbetween the agriculture tourism and tourism sectors
“….. Jamaica imports US$900 million worth offood every year and they have a population of approximately 3 million people. Barbados has a population of just over 250,000, we receive about 500,000 tourists every year, and our food import bill is US$700 million.That makes us three times more food insecure than Jamaica!”Dr. Chelston Brathwaite, 17th September 2012
Projected losses in food production due to climate change by 2080.Source: The Environmental Food Crisis. The Environments Role in Averting Future Food Crises. A UNEP Rapid Assessment Report. 2009
Status of Caribbean AgrotourismLinkages between the food production sector andtourism are as low as 10-30%For some products and for specific market nicheslinkages are as high as 70-90%Regional value chains for specific commodities
Status of Caribbean Agrotourism……. Health & Agribusiness Farm-based Wellness Food CommunityCulinary Tourism Festivals Tourism Agro- Plantation Agro-heritage ecotourism Tours
Agrotourism Policy Initiatives & Institutional Framework2007: IICA presented a draft agrotourism strategy at the jointmeeting of the Alliance of Ministers of Agriculture and COTED atthe Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA)2008: Recommendation from the Caribbean Heads of GovernmentMeeting (2008) that an Agrotourism Task Force be convened2010: Joint meeting of OECS Ministers of Agriculture andMinisters of Tourism to build greater synergies between agricultureand tourism,2011 – IICA and the CARICOM Secretariat hosted a regionalworkshop designed to fine-tune the regional strategy proposed byIICA.
Policy Concerns for Agrotourism in the Context of a Green Economy Removal of intra-regional barriers to trade between and among Caribbean member states Review of unfavorable provisions under the EPA and other multi-lateral and bi-lateral trade agreements Incentives for the tourism industry to procure food locally and intra-regionally
Organic FoodsOpportunities Agrotourism for Attractions Investment Value Added Products
Roxanne WaitheAgrotourism SpecialistIICA Office in BarbadosTel: 246.271.9212Email: firstname.lastname@example.org