Blending college agricultural courses with entrepreneurship courses promotes youth involvement in farm entrepreneurship

Published In: African Research Review
Article Link: https://www.ajol.info/index.php/afrrev/article/view/195279/184446
Author(s): Dr. Paschal Banga Nade

Blending college agricultural courses with entrepreneurship courses promotes youth involvement in farm entrepreneurship
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: Young Farmers' Club

This study was conducted by Dr. Paschal Banga Nade of School of BUSH, The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania on the effect of agricultural training on youth farm entrepreneurial attitudes: evidence from Folk Development Colleges in Tanzania.

The researcher posited that given the paucity of youth employment opportunities in the non-agricultural formal sector in developing countries, more needs to be done to attract youth into the agricultural sector.

He stated that the main objective of the paper was to assess the influence of agricultural training on youth farm entrepreneurial attitudes. He employed a cross-sectional design to solicit data from 300 respondents randomly selected from three Folk Development Colleges (FDCs).

The data obtained were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The study findings showed that the majority of the youths had favourable attitudes towards farm entrepreneurship. Furthermore, a significant difference was observed in terms of farm entrepreneurial attitude across sex, age groups, college and programme studied. Upon critical evaluation of the study findings, the researcher thus concluded that training in colleges where agricultural courses were blended with entrepreneurship courses had a positive influence on youth attitude towards farm entrepreneurship.

The researcher thereafter, suggested that more theoretical components on the socio-economic benefits of farm entrepreneurship should be added to the existing curriculum.

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