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Entrepreneurial Skills and their Role in Enhancing the Relative Independence of Farmers

Christine, Rudmann (Ed.) (2008) Entrepreneurial Skills and their Role in Enhancing the Relative Independence of Farmers. Resarch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick.

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Entrepreneurship is considered a crucial dynamic force in the development of small businesses in general. In agriculture, entrepreneurship is relevant because the farmers need to find ways to adapt their businesses to the structural changes in the environment of farming.
In this book entrepreneurship is described by its learnable and teachable aspects, elaborating the concept of entrepreneurial skill in farming. It constitutes the final report of the EU-funded research project Developing Entrepreneurial Skills of Farmers, summarising and synthesising the results.
Apart from elaborating a consistent concept of entrepreneurial skills in farming, the project analysed the factors influencing the learning of such skills and resulted in recommendations how to adapt the political, institutional and educational framework in order to foster their development. Furthermore, an e-learning tool for farmers, which contains a self-assessment for entrepreneurial skills, was developed in the project and is described in the book.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:Farm management, esof
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
Related Links:http://www.esofarmers.org/index.html, http://www.fibl.org/de/schweiz/forschung/soziooekonomie.html
Deposited By: Rudmann, Dr. Christine
ID Code:13647
Deposited On:03 Jul 2008
Last Modified:23 Oct 2011 09:49
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:This publication constitutes the final report 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 information, see the project homepage at www.esofarmers.org.
With contributions from Gerard McElwee, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, United Kingdom; Pieter de Wolf & Herman Schoorlemmer, Applied Plant Research, Lelystad, the Netherlands; Kari Vesala & Jarkko Pyysiäinen, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; Selyf Morgan, Mara Miele & Terry Marsden, Cardiff University, United Kingdom; Krzysztof Zmarlicki & Lilianna Jabłońska, Research Institute of Pomology and Floriculture, Skierniewice , Poland; Jennifer Jäckel & Darren Halpin, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Frick, Switzerland.

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