“Manchewe Votes Mushroom Farm To Stay!”
The aim of this exploratory case study is to investigate the connection between backpacker tourism (budget lodges/hostels) in Malawi and its perceived effects on community development as seen through the eyes of the lodge owners, lodge employees, as well as members of the local community. Specifically, the project question is: What is the relationship between Mushroom Farm Eco-Lodge and Manchewe village?
The project is designed as a single-site case study drawing upon qualitative data, utilizing visual methodology, interviews, and observations. It is composed of two parts: a scholarly video entitled Manchewe Votes Mushroom Farm To Stay! (above) and an accompanying report (download a free copy here). The video is meant to best showcase the relationship between the lodge and the community, as well as function as a tangible, accessible end product for study participants. The purpose of the companion report is to elaborate on the study framework, methodology and additional findings that are part of the landscape on which the video was created. The report is meant for researchers, practitioners and others with an interest in backpacker tourism, community development, or social enterprise.
December 12, 2017 – April 12, 2018
This study took place in northern Malawi, in Rhumphi district in the village of Manchewe. The Mushroom Farm eco-lodge is situated high up on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Lake Malawi and is part of Manchewe Village. The Manchewe Waterfalls, as well as nearby historic town of Livingstonia, drives much of tourism interest in this area.
For more information or questions, contact:
Tamra Carlson at email@example.com