Tour the World of Agriculture with us!
Agritourism is great fun for travelers. It’s a chance to experience rural life in a new place and get in touch with local people. It’s a way to reconnect with your food sources and return to the roots of production. In some cases, it’s an opportunity to get your hands dirty and pick your own fresh produce.
For those who are still not convinced that a farm tour or farm stay is for them, there’s another side of the story – the supply side. Agritourism brings great benefits to small-scale farmers all over the world. Researchers and policymakers hail this Eco-friendly form of tourism as a useful tool for rural development.
Here are three ways that agritourism helps small-scale farmers sustain themselves.
New, Diversified Earning Opportunities Agritourism has its origins in Italy, where the term agriturismo was coined. The word appeared in the 1950s, when small-scale farming was already becoming less profitable than it had been for past generations. Faced with dwindling incomes, Italian farmers opened their farms and homes to tourists, offering rustic lodging and fresh meals made from the produce grown on site. Over the next few decades, the industry grew and matured. Today in Italy, it has reached a high level of sophistication, sometimes showcasing elegant cuisine, fine wine and luxurious accommodations.
Nowadays, rural regions across the globe are hoping to emulate the success story of agriturismo in Italy, both in developed countries and in the developing world. According to wikitravel.org, “agritourism focuses on travel that is low-impact and empowering to local communities, both socially and economically. Recognizing the need to diversify their farm products and supplement their agricultural incomes, many farmers consider agritourism as a viable option for the long-term sustainability of their farms. Agritourism can prop up an agricultural economy when local producers can no longer compete economically.”
Farmers will become entrepreneurs, generating additional income from second jobs known as ‘off-farm activities, For many farmers, agritourism is the favored way to reduce the need for a second job away from home.”
Agritourism Can Be Built on Farmers’ Existing Assets Why is agritourism so friendly to rural entrepreneurs? One reason is that the barriers to entry are fairly low. Small-scale farms already have many of the assets that tourists seek: an authentic experience, respite from hectic high-speed urban life, a taste of local life and flavour etc.
A study on agritourism AVJ notes that “agritourism can utilize the agricultural holdings and products for the purpose of tourism such as scenery from paddy fields and vineyards, food and drink from agricultural products (vegetable, fruit, etc), souvenirs from local products (handicraft), and accommodations from redundant or vacated property.”
New, Local Markets for Agricultural Products Agritourism has the potential to save on farmers’ shipping and distribution costs. “The main opportunity for agritourism operators appears to be that agritourism brings a market to their site of production. In this case, they can save their money on petrol and gain better price rather than sell to middleman.”
For anyone who values local produce and buying organic while at home, agritourism is the travel version of the same idea. Not only are you supporting local farmers whose livelihoods are jeopardised by larger-scale and more globalised forms of agriculture, you’re also saving them the costs of shipping and distribution.
Bottom line on agritourism: Try it at least once, and you may be playing a small part in saving small-scale farming. Go straight to the roots of your meal for a travel experience where everyone wins.
The best fruits and vegetables are those locally grown and fresh off the farm. Aside from produce, however, farmers worldwide have something else to offer frazzled urban travelers: a valuable farm stay escape into traditional rural life.
Agritourism as farm-based tourism has come to be called, is an antidote to stressful city life. The benefits of agritiourism reach well beyond the traveler, though; they also help small-scale farmers sustain their lifestyles and livelihoods.
Within Moshi Kilimanjaro Region and Arusha, we have some great farm getaways through which you can get your hands dirty and immerse yourself in the real farming lifestyle of remote rural places.
Tours for agricultural groups traveling to Tanzania
AVJ provides custom tours for agricultural groups traveling in Tanzania or to other East African Countries.
We specialize in designing and operating agricultural tours that will meet the unique needs and interests of your group. Our highly knowledgeable staff draws on more than 12 years of experience focused exclusively on agricultural tour management.
Tour programs by AVJ can be customized from a variety of agriculture topics, including:
• Farms and Farmers including conventional, high-tech, biotech, no-till, precision and organic methods
• Crops including soybeans, corn, cotton, rice, sorghum, wheat, fruit, vegetables, and specialty crops
• Livestock including beef cattle and dairy cattle
• Universities including discussions, lectures, and field days
• Research including commercial, public and private
• Equipment including manufacturers, dealers, and users of a variety of farm machinery
• Energy including biofuel and wind power
• Cultural Experiences including national parks, major attractions, city tours, local highlights, and opportunities for leisure activities
• Special Interest Topics, including other visits and activities to meet the needs of your group
Please tell us about your group, and the goals and interests of its members. We will be pleased to provide you, free of charge, with preliminary consultation, a suggested itinerary, and our pricing.
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Tanzania’s smallholder farmers are the people that feed us, but often struggle to feed themselves. They are the people most connected to our land and animals, but can lack the resources to make them thrive. They have been ignored by our leaders for too long.
Investing in agriculture pays. It could help lift about 13 million people out of extreme poverty by 2024-2020, provide jobs, and boost the Country’s economy. Tanzania doesn’t just have the potential to feed itself – it has the potential to help feed the world.
70% of African workers already earn a living from agriculture. Better irrigation, farming equipment, storage, market access, and women’s land rights could mean brighter futures for millions.
In 2003, African leaders pledged to invest more in agriculture – eight of them did, but 46 have not kept their promises. 2014 is the African Union Year of Agriculture, so let’s come together and tell them to act.
It’s time to DO AGRIC, it pays.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM IN TANZANIA
The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security Service-Learning Program is especially suitable for those interested in agriculture and food security, environmental science, natural resources, ecology, international development, public health or related fields. However, prior agricultural experience is not required, so volunteers from all backgrounds are invited to participate in this program. You must simply have a desire to give something back to the community, and a willingness to work hard and get dirty! The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security Program requires a two-week minimum commitment but can be extended to three months or more and may, for longer stays include other programmatic modules by participating in the Integrated Service-Learning Program. The Sustainable Agriculture Service-Learning Program starts off with a week-long orientation and technical training followed by participation in a variety of community training workshops to promote food security. The workshops conducted during your program will depend on the needs of the community at that time.
For more info and booking please feel free to contact us!