Tourism can help contribute to a country’s economy. Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia, offers the potential to become a great destination as the tourism industry is rapidly developing. However, Labuan Bajo also faces challenges regarding waste management and unequal distribution of benefits from the tourism sector.
This study analysis the performance of the fresh food value chain of hotels and restaurants in Labuan Bajo. Using semi-structured interviews with owners and managers of hotels and restaurants, farmers and intermediaries, opportunities and constraints for enhanced community involvement and improved solid waste management are identified.
Findings include that the scarcity of freshwater on the island restricts the provision of fresh foods for all the value chain actors involved. The supply of fruits and vegetables can be improved to match the demand if farmers receive proper assistance. Farmers can improve their economic benefits through increased cooperation and by farming products that are in high by restaurants, such as Italian ingredients. For a cleaner Labuan Bajo better waste diposal facilities must be provided.
Authors: Blom J., Boldeanu, S., Semeleer, E. & Spierings, A. (2015)