This module has been developed as a guide for training on Transformational Leadership in Agribusiness. Learners in this course will be introduced to Transformational Leadership and will gain knowledge and skills on various types of agribusinesses and how they link to other sectors of the economy. The training outlines the mindset issues that limit leadership and how they can be addressed to engender transformational leadership in agribusinesses. It also highlights unique aspects of agro-enterprises compared to other businesses and creates awareness about the multiple actors (and their roles) in enabling agribusiness. Learners will be introduced to the concept of agricultural value chains, their analysis and application in identifying agribusiness opportunities. This module provides learners with an insight into the diversity of resources, skills, networks, and strategies that can help leaders in agribusiness to achieve more. The training will be covered through facilitated lectures, group learning activities, interactive sessions with leaders in agribusiness and field visits. Field Trips to relevant areas/enterprises will infuse experiential learning.
Agriculture in Africa provides employment to two thirds of the population and contributes up to 25% of GDP . It enables countries to achieve diversity of opportunity for economic growth, reduce food imports and reliance on aid. There is need to develop Agri-based enterprises that will feed an estimated nine billion people in the world by 2050. Africa is expected to contribute more as it holds over 60% of the global arable land area. The agricultural sector has much higher potential for job creation and poverty reduction compared to other sectors. In particular, agribusiness presents immense viable economic empowerment opportunities for the African population including vulnerable groups that are often excluded. Practitioners and leaders in agribusiness are often held back by attitudes, beliefs, values and societal norms (cultural, religious, gender), preventing them from running agribusinesses that have the potential to be engines of growth and economic development. Moreover, most women leaders in agribusiness and practitioners lack the requisite skills, resources, technologies and operate at a low scale; making it difficult for them to transform their businesses into high growth enterprises. In addition, leaders and policy makers lack hands-on experience, inclusivity and empathy to help inspire women, and other vulnerable groups to engage in agribusiness. The module will inspire and change mindsets towards agriculture and equip leaders and practitioners with knowledge and skills that will effectively influence agribusiness. Imparting these skills and knowledge will contribute to women’s leadership and participation in agribusiness.
At the end of the module, learners will be able to:
1. To develop an understanding of the concept of mind and mindsets in transformational leadership
2. Appreciate and address misconceptions that constrain the advancement of agribusiness as a means of empowerment for women, youth, persons living with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.
3. Explore the diversity of opportunities in Agribusiness
4. Demonstrate ability to initiate and manage sustainable and profitable Agri-businesses
5. Apply the skills to undertake transformational leadership in agribusiness
6. Create/open up opportunities for women to participate and lead in agribusiness.
The module targets current and aspiring practitioners and leaders along the agricultural value chain. The module targets individuals, institutions and organizations that work with women in agriculture including small holder producers and market women.
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