Author(s): Kenechukwu Ikebuaku
Agriculture is a strategic sector for tackling the perennial problem of youth unemployment in Nigeria. However, lack of youth participation has hampered the growth of agriculture. This study investigates the dynamics of agripreneurship perception and intention while exploring agricultural entrepreneurship as a valuable functioning among the Nigerian youth.
The study engaged both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The quantitative analysis was conducted using linear regression and multinomial response models. Moreover, Sen’s capability approach formed the theoretical foundation for the work.
The results established that the Nigerian youths display a positive perception and intention towards agripreneurship engagement. It also found that course of study, participation in entrepreneurship programs, family income status, perceived availability of markets and infrastructural facilities are determinants of youth agripreneurship perception and intention. Moreover, the study found that the need to eradicate poverty, opportunity to express one’s passion, and freedom to control one’s time are reasons young Nigerians value agripreneurship.
This study serves as a debut of research endeavours that theoretically evaluates agricultural entrepreneurship as a valuable functioning through the lens of capability approach. Furthermore, by x-raying factors that affect agripreneurship perception and intention, the study offers fresh policy insights for youth agricultural entrepreneurship development.