Towards an agricultural entrepreneurship development model : an empirical investigation in Namibia’s agricultural communities

Show simple item record Bignotti, Alex Antonites, Alex J. Kavari, Uapirama John 2021-11-16T09:37:58Z 2021-11-16T09:37:58Z 2021-10
dc.description.abstract PURPOSE : Entrepreneurship is increasingly being recognised as a vehicle for bringing about the development of different economic sectors in various geographical regions, and it is believed to result in greater productivity and entrepreneurial performance in agriculture. To date, there are no empirically verified holistic models focussing on the development of agricultural entrepreneurship in an African context. This study aims to fill this gap by developing an agricultural entrepreneurial development model (AEDM) that provides a basis for enhancing entrepreneurial performance in the agriculture sector. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH : First, a holistic conceptual AEDM was built from the extant literature with a focus on the African context and encompassing dimension of the enabling environment, entrepreneurial performance and its outcomes. Then, the model was tested empirically by conducting a survey with 477 farmers in Namibia who benefit from Namibia’s National Resettlement Programme and the Affirmative Action Loan Scheme. The model was tested statistically using partial least square-structural equation modelling. FINDINGS : The results reveal that a supportive environment, entrepreneurial orientation and agricultural sustainability exert a positive impact on entrepreneurial performance in agriculture, which, in turn, leads to greater agricultural productivity and increased income for farmers. ORIGINALITY/VALUE : The study theoretically develops and empirically tests a holistic model of agricultural entrepreneurship development. The value of the model lies in its consideration of a plethora of enabling-environment antecedents of entrepreneurial performance in agriculture, as well as some specific organisational- and individual-level outcomes thereof. Therefore, it offers policymakers and practitioners a blueprint for developing agricultural entrepreneurship in an African context. en_ZA
dc.description.department Business Management en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2021 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Bignotti, A., Antonites, A.J. and Kavari, U.J. (2021), "Towards an agricultural entrepreneurship development model: an empirical investigation in Namibia’s agricultural communities", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 15 No. 5, pp. 684-708. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1750-6204
dc.identifier.other 10.1108/JEC-02-2021-0030
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Emerald en_ZA
dc.rights © 2021, Emerald Publishing Limited en_ZA
dc.subject Entrepreneurial orientation (EO) en_ZA
dc.subject Entrepreneurial performance en_ZA
dc.subject Agricultural entrepreneurship en_ZA
dc.subject Agricultural sustainability en_ZA
dc.subject Development model en_ZA
dc.subject Supportive environment en_ZA
dc.subject Agricultural entrepreneurial development model (AEDM) en_ZA
dc.title Towards an agricultural entrepreneurship development model : an empirical investigation in Namibia’s agricultural communities en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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