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University of Namibia (2022)

Examining factors affecting the entrepreneurial action among small scale farmers in the Etunda green scheme project Namibia

Michael, Neema

Titre : Examining factors affecting the entrepreneurial action among small scale farmers in the Etunda green scheme project Namibia

Auteur : Michael, Neema

Université de soutenance  : University of Namibia

Grade : Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) 2022

Résumé
The main purpose of this study was to investigate factors affecting the entrepreneurial action of the small-scale farmer’s at the Namibian green scheme irrigation project. The study precisely aimed to assess both the limiting and success factors affecting the small-scale farmer’s as well as to evaluate the current entrepreneurial process model in application. The study used a quantitative research approach to produce descriptive statistics of the agricultural entrepreneurs concerning their experiences when starting up or operating their ventures. Quantitative data was collected using questionnaires by conducting a survey with 42 small-scale farmers at the Etunda Green scheme irrigation project. The study used Microsoft Excel analysis tool pack to analyse the data. The key findings revealed that the majority of small-scale farmers operating at the project are obstructed by some elements of policy environment, finance, business support services, market environment, infrastructure as well as ecological factors. Furthermore, the attainment factors found in the study comprised of the farmer’s level of education, labour regulations, telecommunications and political stability in the region. The study findings offers policymakers and practitioners a blueprint for developing entrepreneurship in an agricultural context, recommending that sectoral linkages should be strengthened and government should target elements that would improve the overall performance of the Namibian agricultural sector. This study was based mainly on quantitative data collected only from 42 small scale farmers and all the items used in the data collection were self-reporting measures, an alternative approach could incorporate the perspective of the project management. Further research need to explore technical specifics regarding the perception around the established limiting or success factors affecting the entrepreneurship action of the small-scale farmers as well as the impact of agricultural entrepreneurial performance on farmers’ livelihoods at the Namibian Green scheme.

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