IRENA is an international Agritourism working group whose aim is to carry out activities and research on Agritourism Practices on an International Scale.
International Research Network for Agritourism
The IRENA Agritourism working group includes Professors from University of Vermont, Clemson University, Penn State University, USA, University of Teramo, Italy, University of Geisenheim, Germany and the ISLE Association, France.
Between November 2019 and February 2020, farmers, ranchers, and vineyard operators throughout the U.S.A completed an online survey about agritourism including on-farm sales. The American survey results can be found here:
This survey is currently being extended to other countries (Brazil, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands) and the results will be the object of further international research activities.
The group, led by EURAC Research, has also applied for EU funding to create an International Agritourism Network through the COST program which is a funding organization for research and innovation networks.
The project proposal entitled "Agritourism4eu: Commonalities and challenges of Sustainable Agritourism practices in different geographic contexts” involves 21 countries.
Results: May 2021
Other research activities include the publication of the following article "Agritourism in Mountainous Regions -Insights from an International Perspective" published in the Sustainability Review as part of the Special Issue on Agritourism in Mountain Regions: