Rural development and agritourism were the subjects discussed in the third day of our program, which ended with a fieldwork activity in the village of Agios Antonios. (see videos at the bottom)
Thursday 28 September 2014
09.30-11.00: Programs and Policies of Rural Tourism Development (Eleni Papadopoulou)
Starting with the Treaty of Rome, which forged the foundations of the European Union, Professor Papadopoulou narrated the story of the impact of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on European agricultural businesses and their clients/consumers. We considered the challenges that farmers in Europe are facing today, such as aging population, marketization and food price productivity, and we looked at some attempts to solve these issues, through, for example, the production and selling of fair trade and organic goods. The lecture also noted the environmental impact of automated farming and the increasing health issues related to mass-produced goods. At the end some parallels were made with the situation in Japan.
11.30-13.00: Women’s Agro-Tourist Co-operatives (WAC) in Greece (Olga Iakovidou & Maria Emmanouilidou)
The second lecture focussed first on the history of women’s agro-tourist cooperatives and sought to place agro-tourism within the framework of rural tourism in Greece. Women’s cooperatives, as the third axis of rural tourism (along with private enterprises and traditional villages) were seen as an essential aspect of tourism in the countryside and as a significant element in the promotion of rural women’s social emancipation. Finally, Professor Emmanouilidou introduced the case-study of Agios Antonios, a successful attempt to form and sustain a women’s cooperative in rural Greece.
13.00-16.00: Bus trip to Agios Antonios and Lunch at the women’s co-operative restaurant.
Students were grouped in mixed pairs of two and asked to use a questionnaire prepared by Prof. Emmanouilidou to survey the villagers’ opinions about Agios Antonios’ women’s co-operative.
One of the Chiba University students, who will later develop a new logo (Mrs. Pie) for Agios Antonios’ women’s co-operative, asks a pertinent question about the meaning of logos presented in Dr Emmanouilidou’s lecture. Perhaps this is where she got the seeds for her final project’s idea.
Students visit the shop and observe the women making traditional perek pies.
Students conduct interviews with local villagers
Chiba University students learn to dance during lunch break