COSTARICA / Costa Rica
Costa Rica Ministry of Agriculture
In recent years, Costa Rican farmers have been shifting from conventional to sustainable methods of farming. However, conversion comes with high startup costs, low initial return on investment, and lack of consumer attention. We worked with the Costa Rican Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock to develop an agro-ecotourism route in Copey de Dota. The goal of this route is to raise awareness of sustainable farm practices and increase revenue for farmers. We toured farms and interviewed farmers to determine characteristics of an appealing visitor farm. We interviewed tourist agencies and assessed community offerings to determine potential tourist interest. By identifying ideal tourist amenities, and assessing farms, we offered recommendations for route development and community promotion.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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