Experience of entrepreneurial training for female farmers to stimulate entrepreneurship in Uganda

Fernando Lourenço (Institute for Tourism Studies, Colina de Mong-Ha Macao, China Macao and Department of Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Natalie Sappleton (Department of Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Akosua Dardaine-Edwards (Department of Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Gerard McElwee (Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
Ranis Cheng (Management School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
David W. Taylor (Department of Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Anthony G. Taylor (Department of Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Publication date: 30 September 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the success of a scheme, supported by the Ugandan Agribusiness Initiative Trust, to fund gender and entrepreneurship training for women farmers in the north of Uganda (Gulu District and Lira District). Moreover, this paper reflects upon our experience of delivering training for women farmers and highlights key observations related to women’s entrepreneurship in Uganda.

Design/methodology/approach

A practitioner-based reflection which shares the experiences of the process of developing and delivering gender and entrepreneurship training for women in Uganda.

Findings

Through the experience of running gender and entrepreneurship training for women farmers in Uganda, a series of barriers to female rural entrepreneurs are highlighted: lack of access to credit, gender inequality, poor infrastructure, lack of access to knowledge and education, negative attitudes towards women and few initiatives to facilitate economic and business success.

Originality/value

This paper provides reflection of the experience gained from the delivery of training and interaction with women farmers and entrepreneurs in Uganda.

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Citation

Lourenço, F., Sappleton, N., Dardaine-Edwards, A., McElwee, G., Cheng, R., W. Taylor, D. and G. Taylor, A. (2014), "Experience of entrepreneurial training for female farmers to stimulate entrepreneurship in Uganda", Gender in Management, Vol. 29 No. 7, pp. 382-401. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-05-2013-0054

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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