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Agripreneurship for Employment and Empowerment of Women in Rural Areas  

G. Valentina, 2015, GenNext Publication, ISBN: 9789380222608, 9380222602

Traditionally women in agriculture are confined to activities like weeding, preparation of agriculture fields, application of green and farmyard manure, crop management, planting, harvesting and post-harvest operations. Onset of liberalisation opened avenues for women’s participation in agricultural labour force giving rise to Feminization of Agriculture and increase in rural female work participation rate. Consequent impact has been the creation of women entrepreneurs. Today they comprise about 10 percent of total entrepreneurs in India and 51% in forest-based small-scale enterprises playing a key role to transform rural livelihoods. They also face many challenges like mushrooming multinational companies, patriarchy, illiteracy, dependency on male members, economically not self-dependent, dependency on intermediaries, marketing, sales and non cooperation of financial institutions. This book provides a platform for women entrepreneurs to share their experiences, discern role of technology in promoting employment and empowerment and debate on initiatives made by government in promoting Agripreneurship in women.

Entrepreneurship in Farming

David Kahan, 2013, FAO, ISBN: 978-92-5-107547-0

There are two parts to entrepreneurship. The first is the managerial skills needed to start and run a profitable farm business. The second is ‘entrepreneurial spirit’. Both are important. Managerial skills can be taught, but an entrepreneurial spirit cannot be taught. Many farmers are already excellent managers and many also have some of the spirit of an entrepreneur. As ‘price takers’ many farmers have developed outstanding abilities to make the most of their resources. But being ‘price takers’ suggests that these farmers are not innovative, do not take risks and lack the drive that is usually associated with an entrepreneurial spirit.

The purpose of this guide is to provide a better understanding of the concept and practice of entrepreneurship. With this understanding it is hoped that extension workers will be better able to help farmers develop the skills and spirit of an entrepreneur. It is part of a series of booklets on farm business management designed to help extension workers support farmers.

What is presented in this guide can be applied to people who want to start a farm business for the first time and to farmers who are already running a farm business. In every country, both situations occur.

Many existing farmers want to make changes to their farming systems by introducing high value enterprises directed to the market. There are also many newcomers (young and old, male and female) entering farming who are starting with their first farming enterprise. This guide can help extension workers help all of these potential farmer-entrepreneurs.

Agri-entrepreneurs of Bihar”

Aditya, Sohane, R.K., Jaiswal, U.S., (eds.),2015,  Directorate of Extension Education, Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour.

View the document at http://krishikosh.egranth.ac.in/handle/1/63867

The book “Agri-entrepreneurs of Bihar” is a collection of successful cases of farmers who have transformed agriculture into a mega-entrepreneurial activity in Bihar. The cases are from all the twenty Krishi Vigyan Kendras located in different districts of Bihar under the jurisdiction of Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour. The cases in several domains of agriculture and allied disciplines underline the importance of agriculture in the state which has the capability to bring about a change in the entrepreneurial potential of the state.