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Acta Commercii

On-line version ISSN 1684-1999
Print version ISSN 1680-7537

Abstract

THINDISA, Lesibana M.V.  and  URBAN, Boris. Human-social capital and market access factors influencing agro-processing participation by small-scale agripreneurs: The moderating effects of transaction costs. Acta Commer. [online]. 2018, vol.18, n.1, pp.1-10. ISSN 1684-1999.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ac.v18i1.500.

ORIENTATION: Participating in the agriculture and agro-processing chain has the potential to enhance the competitive advantage of small-scale agricultural enterprises in South Africa. RESEARCH PURPOSE: The study empirically investigated the extent to which agro-processing participation is determined by human and social capital factors, while accounting for the moderating effects of transaction costs. MOTIVATION OF THE STUDY: Research is required that examines levels of human and social capital of small-scale agripreneurs, as these act as major constraints towards improved competitiveness of agribusinesses. DESIGN: To test the study hypotheses, a structured questionnaire was administered to 166 small-scale agripreneurs at farmer gatherings across regions in South Africa. FINDINGS: Based on the survey results, both human and social capital factors showed a positive and significant influence on agro-processing participation. The findings further highlight the importance of market access and transaction costs to small-scale agripreneurs. PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: Policy-makers need to be aware of how human capital factors such as previous education and experience impact participation in agro-processing activities and help to mitigate transaction costs. CONTRIBUTION: Study findings are highly relevant to South Africa as agro-processing and value-adding activities are not always scale dependent, and hence, a focus on human and social capital is valuable.

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