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Grenada AgriTourism Policy Setting Workshop : Paula Lewis "The Belmont Experience"

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Grenada AgriTourism Policy Setting Workshop
Policy setting for improved linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism: Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting healthy food in agritourism.

Workshop organised by the Government of Grenada
In collaboration with OECS, CTA, IICA,
Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grand Anse, St. George, Grenada
September 17-18, 2019

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Grenada AgriTourism Policy Setting Workshop : Paula Lewis "The Belmont Experience"

  1. 1. THE BELMONT ESTATE STORY
  2. 2. BACKGROUND  17th century plantation  One of six productive estates  Agri-tourism in 2002  85 employees  24000 visitors
  3. 3. MISSION A model of sustainable agriculture and tourism practices by producing quality organic products, creating extraordinary experiences and preserving our heritage and environment to enrich the lives of others
  4. 4. PRODUCTS Chocolate Factory Farm Restaurant Cottage industry Goat dairy Tours Events Gift shops
  5. 5. BELMONT ESTATE FARM Farm Production Chocolate factory agro-processing Gift shops, hotels, restaurants, vendors, produce box Tourism Restaurant, tours, events
  6. 6. PILLARS OF OURWORK  Stewardship  Community  Heritage & environmental protection  Education  Partnerships
  7. 7. STEWARDSHIP  Plantation tours  Use of farm produce & local products  Participation in festivals  Value added products and experience
  8. 8. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT  95% employees  Weekly soup kitchen  Medical and housing assistance  Scholarships  Purchase of produce from local farmers
  9. 9. EDUCATION Tours Training Internship Festivals
  10. 10. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Agroforestry  Production system  Organic certification  Partnership with conservation groups
  11. 11. PARTNERSHIPS Cocoa Research Institute  SPECTO  TAMCC  University of Manitoba  NEWLO  SGU  Grenada Chocolate Festival  Glenelg
  12. 12. UN SDG 2035  Sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth  Gender equality and empowerment  Climate change  Ending poverty  Food security & sustainable agriculture  Learning opportunities
  13. 13. CHALLENGES  Tourism activities vs preservation of natural resources  Balancing authenticity and changing needs of our guests  Yield vs environmentally safe practices
  14. 14. CHALLENGES  Organisational culture  Financial planning & management  Financing for product development  Low prices for organic produce
  15. 15. ACHIEVEMENTS  Cocoa of Excellence 2019 Programme – 50 best samples  Ministry of Tourism Tourism attraction Award  CTO Agro-tourism Award  CTO and Travel Mole Unique Agro-Heritage Attraction  Centre of Excellence for the Sustainable Development of SIDS Special "Bridging Islands of Knowledge" Award  Ministry of Agriculture Most Outstanding Organic Farm  GCIC Environmental Excellence  GCIC Excellence in ecotourism
  16. 16. LESSONS LEARNED  Financial and social benefits, initiate change  Tourism and agricultural must be mutually reinforcing & not in competition for resources  Improved livelihoods of the community
  17. 17. LESSONS LEARNED  Create economic opportunities, and enhance sustainable development  Promote innovative practices, resource efficiency, environmental consciousness  Have the support of key stakeholders
  18. 18. QUESTIONS?? QUESTIONS??
  19. 19. THANKYOU

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