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Understanding Entrepreneurial Skills in the Farm Context

Vesala, Kari Mikko and Jarkko, Pyysiäinen (Eds.) (2008) Understanding Entrepreneurial Skills in the Farm Context. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick.

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Strategic orientations on farms are becoming more diverse: in addition to those who focus on cost-effectiveness in conventional primary production, many farmers add value to their agricultural products through processing, direct sales and niche-products, or diversify their activities into non-agricultural businesses. This development indicates that farmers are taking the initiative and pursuing ways to develop their businesses. Obviously, this development implies the need for entrepreneurial skills.
In this study entrepreneurial skills are understood as the skills of recognizing and realizing business opportunities, networking and utilizing contacts, as well as creating and evaluating a business strategy. Are these skills relevant in the farm context? Do farmers consider these skills important?
How do they assess themselves regarding these skills? How do farmers explain the development of these skills? What could be done to enhance the development of these skills?
This book’s aim is to answer these questions with the help of a detailed analysis of qualitative interviews with farmers in six European countries. The book reports the results from the main study of the EU-funded research project ´Developing Entrepreneurial Skills of Farmers` (ESoF).
Both organic and conventional farmers were intereviewed.

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Wolf & Herman Schoorlemmer, Applied Plant Research, Lelystad, the Netherlands; Gerard McElwee, Jackie Baker, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, United Kingdom; Diego Pinducciu, Antonella Ara, Selyf Morgan, Mara Miele & Terry Marsden, Cardiff University, United Kingdom; Noen Jukema & Bartold van der Waal, Applied Plant Research, Lelystad, the Netherlands; Krzysztof Zmarlicki & Lilianna Jabłońska, Research Institute of Pomology and Floriculture, Skierniewice, Poland; Jennifer Jäckel, Christine Rudmann, Darren Halpin, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Frick, Switzerland

EPrint Type:Book
Keywords:ESOF, socioeconmics, entrepreneurial skills
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Farming Systems
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Wageningen University and Research Centre WUR > Applied Plant Research PPO
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
Related Links:http://www.esofarmers.org/, http://www.fibl.org/forschung/sozio-oekonomie/index.php
Deposited By: Rudmann, Dr. Christine
ID Code:13278
Deposited On:30 Jun 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:37
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:This publication reports the main study, “Understanding Entrepreneurial Culture” of the Specific Targeted Research Project SSPE-ct-2005-006500, “Developing Entrepreneurial Skills of Farmers” (Sixth Framework Programme for European Research & Technological Development (2002-2006) of the European Commission). For further info see the project homepage at www.esofarmers.org.

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