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Women's' agrotourist cooperatives constitute the most original type of ruraltourism in Greece because of its planning, organization and management.This article aims to analyze the women's agrotourist cooperatives, to pointout the bottom-up approach that is determinant for their successful operation,identify the factors that motivate Greek farm-women to join such cooperativesand the effects of such a decision on their life. The results indicate that themost successful cooperatives are those that meet one or more of the followingconditions: I) the cooperatives are made up of a core of women with leadershipskills; 2) there is an authority that encourages and supports women's venture;and 3) their establishment is based on a bottom-up approach. The women'scooperatives managed to professionalize their part-time work. They createda source of income for rural women and gave them independence, power ofcontrol and self-esteem. Furthermore, the cooperatives resulted in placing thelocalities, in which they were established, on the Greek map of alternativetourism.

Keywords: Rural tourism ; agrotourism ; women in rural areas ; women's agrotourist cooperatives ; bottom-up approach ; Zagora ; Greece

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Issue Date: 2002

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/60881 Published in: Journal of Rural Cooperation, Volume 30, Number 1 Page range: 13-24

Total Pages: 15

Series Statement: Journal of Rural Cooperation


Record appears in: Hebrew University of Jerusalem > Center for Agricultural Economic Research > Journal of Rural Cooperation

Autor: Iakovidou, Olga

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/60881?ln=en

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