Community development through agroecotourism in Cuba: an application of the community capitals framework

Lauren N. Duffy, Carol Kline, Jason R. Swanson, Mechelle Best, Hunt McKinnon

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This study explores the relationship between a Cuban organipónico, an urban, organic cooperative farm, and the surrounding community, particularly in regard to increasing agroecotourism. This was examined through the community capitals framework which allows for the use of a systems approach to inventory and analyse assets and wealth stocks within the community. Individual interviews were conducted in the summer of 2013 with members of the farm cooperative to explore the relationship between the farm and the community, and the way tourism to the farm has improved community capitals. Overall, this study demonstrated the ability for agroecotourism to help support goals of food security, beyond acting only as a tool for economic diversification, but also by influencing other community capitals. The study also adds to the literature on agroecotourism, tourism development in socialist contexts, and the way in which tourism can help support and grow sustainable agriculture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-221
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Ecotourism
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2 2017


  • agriculture
  • agroecology
  • Agroecotourism
  • community capitals framework
  • community development
  • Cuba

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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