ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Social Entrepreneurship Journeys in Agriculture

Farming Futures: Emerging Social Enterprises in India edited by Ajit Kanitkar and C Shambu Prasad, 2019; pp 532, `795 (paperback).

 

Most case studies of social enterprises focus on their dual (or triple) purpose and an assessment impact of their impact on intended beneficiary groups. While such case stu­dies provide analytical insights, they offer limited learning value to budding entrepreneurs starting on their own journeys. By focusing on entrepreneurial processes of social enterprises, the book Farming Futures: Emerging Social Enterprises in India offers a welcome and valuable change from the usual.

The book presents 15 case studies of social enterprises in the agriculture sector. The authors use a heuristic definition of social enterprises, characterising them as “mission-first” organisations, which focus on access, assurance and ­affordability to achieve specific ends. Social enterprises are seen to occupy a space that is left partially addressed by the government, market and civil ­society. Since the book aims to study ­social enterprises in their growth phase, the 15 cases focus on organisations that have completed at least four years of existence.

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Updated On : 31st Jan, 2022
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