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Can Young Seeds Grow? Exploring the Potential of enhancing Agricultural Productivity in the Yungas through Agricultural Youth Entrepreneurship

Faurholdt, Emilie Louise LU (2013) MIDM71 20131
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
Without increasing small-scale agricultural productivity, the prospects of decreasing poverty and encouraging rural development in Bolivia will remain dim. There is very little scientific literature about the role entrepreneurship can play for enhancing agricultural productivity. Exploring this link in the Bolivian context is highly relevant due to the generally high occurrence of self employment, persistently low productivity among small-scale producers, and high youth migration to urban areas. The purpose of the study was to explore if young agronomists have the potential to impact agricultural productivity in the Yungas through entrepreneurship. I employed a qualitative research design (case study) with the unit of analysis being... (More)
Without increasing small-scale agricultural productivity, the prospects of decreasing poverty and encouraging rural development in Bolivia will remain dim. There is very little scientific literature about the role entrepreneurship can play for enhancing agricultural productivity. Exploring this link in the Bolivian context is highly relevant due to the generally high occurrence of self employment, persistently low productivity among small-scale producers, and high youth migration to urban areas. The purpose of the study was to explore if young agronomists have the potential to impact agricultural productivity in the Yungas through entrepreneurship. I employed a qualitative research design (case study) with the unit of analysis being agronomy students enrolled at the Unidad Académica Campesina-Carmen Pampa (UAC-CP) in the Yungas region. The analysis focused on the agent-level while taking into consideration institutions that impact the agent’s potentials. The study showed that the Yungas has a group of highly prepared young agronomists who not only have entrepreneurial capacities to create growth-oriented businesses, but who also have the technical capacities necessary to overcome current productivity constraints in the Yungas. However, this potential is unlikely to be realized unless access to finance improves, and the business- and agricultural environment become more conducive to agricultural entrepreneurs. (Less)
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author
Faurholdt, Emilie Louise LU
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course
MIDM71 20131
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type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Agriculture, Small-scale Agriculture, Agronomy, Agricultural Productivity, Rural Development, Youth, Entrepreneurship
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English
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3798534
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2013-06-27 11:39:08
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  abstract     = {Without increasing small-scale agricultural productivity, the prospects of decreasing poverty and encouraging rural development in Bolivia will remain dim. There is very little scientific literature about the role entrepreneurship can play for enhancing agricultural productivity. Exploring this link in the Bolivian context is highly relevant due to the generally high occurrence of self employment, persistently low productivity among small-scale producers, and high youth migration to urban areas. The purpose of the study was to explore if young agronomists have the potential to impact agricultural productivity in the Yungas through entrepreneurship. I employed a qualitative research design (case study) with the unit of analysis being agronomy students enrolled at the Unidad Académica Campesina-Carmen Pampa (UAC-CP) in the Yungas region. The analysis focused on the agent-level while taking into consideration institutions that impact the agent’s potentials. The study showed that the Yungas has a group of highly prepared young agronomists who not only have entrepreneurial capacities to create growth-oriented businesses, but who also have the technical capacities necessary to overcome current productivity constraints in the Yungas. However, this potential is unlikely to be realized unless access to finance improves, and the business- and agricultural environment become more conducive to agricultural entrepreneurs.},
  author       = {Faurholdt, Emilie Louise},
  keyword      = {Agriculture,Small-scale Agriculture,Agronomy,Agricultural Productivity,Rural Development,Youth,Entrepreneurship},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Can Young Seeds Grow? Exploring the Potential of enhancing Agricultural Productivity in the Yungas through Agricultural Youth Entrepreneurship},
  year         = {2013},
}