Agriculture-tourism linkages and pro-poor impacts: The accommodation sector of urban coastal KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Manisha Pillay, Christian M. Rogerson

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Abstract

The leveraging of tourism's potential for backward linkages is critical for enhancing local impacts in developing countries. The aim is to analyse food supply chains of tourism accommodation providers in the coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Based upon 50 hotel interviews it is demonstrated the coastal tourism economy of KwaZulu-Natal is characterised by a pattern of sourcing by hotels which is on the one hand geographically localised but on the other hand, is not pro-poor. The food supply chain of high end accommodation establishments is articulated mainly through a network of intermediaries with linkages that only marginally incorporate the area's groups of poor agrarian producers. Findings are contextualised within wider international debates relating to pro-poor tourism, of the building of linkages between tourism and agriculture as a whole and barriers to strengthened pro-poor linkages between accommodation establishments and poor producers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-58
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Geography
Volume36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Backward linkages
  • Food supply chains
  • KwaZulu-Natal
  • South Africa
  • Tourism-agriculture linkages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • General Environmental Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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