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Agritourism as a specific sustainable livelihood strategy in the Kakheti region: An examination of impacts from agritourism on local small-scale winemaker's livelihoods and its sustainability
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Due to specific basic conditions, agritourism is a growing phenomenon in the context of the agricultural transformation in post-Soviet Georgia. The aim of the thesis is to examine impacts from agritourism on local small-scale winemakers' livelihoods and its sustainability in the study area, which consists of four adjoining municipalities in Kakheti. By using the Sustainable Livelihood Approach (SLA) Framework, the thesis contributes to the field of livelihood studies and links it to agritourism. The data of this study have been generated by conducting semi-structured interviews with winemakers and using participant observation on their wineries. Thus, the thesis reveals that agritourism in Kakheti functions as a specific sustainable livelihood strategy, which is characterized by a highly flexible and dynamic nexus of activities. Agritourism has affected the winemakers' livelihoods, consisting of financial, physical, social, natural and human capital, beneficially to a high degree. Financial capital plays a specific role for winemakers in Kakheti and is superior to other forms of capital, since it can be converted more easily. All in all, the researcher's recommendation is to promote agritourism in Kakheti in the context of Sustainable Development in order to enhance livelihoods of local small-scale winemakers in a sustainable way.

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2017. , 68 p.
Keyword [en]
Agritourism, Wine tourism, Kakheti, Post-Soviet Georgia, Sustainable Livelihood Approach (SLA) Framework, Livelihood Strategy, Sustainable Development.
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-144969OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-144969DiVA: diva2:1118401
Available from: 2017-11-09 Created: 2017-06-30 Last updated: 2017-11-09Bibliographically approved

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