Agricultural Entrepreneurship

  • Thomas LansEmail author
  • Pieter Seuneke
  • Laurens Klerkx
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Why Agricultural Entrepreneurship?

Traditionally, agriculture is seen as a low-tech industry with limited dynamics dominated by numerous small family firms which are mostly focused on doing things better rather than doing new things. Over the last decade, this situation has changed dramatically due to economic liberalization, a reduced protection of agricultural markets, and a fast changing, more critical, society. Agricultural companies increasingly have to adapt to market changes (e.g., boycotts), changing consumer habits (e.g., organic/local food), more strict environmental regulations, food safety and product quality, biotechnology, big-data, value chain integration, sustainability, and so on. These changes have spurred new entrants, innovation, and new cycles of entrepreneurship within existing firms. It is recognized by politicians, practitioners, as well as scientists that farmers and growers increasingly require...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Education and Competence Studies GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Aeres University of Applied Sciences WageningenWageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Knowledge, Technology and Innovation GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Evangelos (Vangelis) Grigoroudis
    • 1
  1. 1.Decision Support Systems Laboratory, School of Production Engineering and ManagementTechnical University of CreteChaniaGreece