Structural Analysis of the Effect on Agricultural Entrepreneurs Empowerment

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. of Agricultural Development, Agricultural and Natural Resources Campus, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran

2 Associate Prof, Dept. of Agricultural Extension and Education, Agricultural and Natural Resources Campus, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran.



Empowerment is defined as a process in which an individual or group gains independence, control and power over what happens in their lives. Identifying and managing opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses in the agricultural entrepreneurs’ empowerment, is inevitable. Thus the purpose of this study was structural analysis of the effect on agricultural entrepreneurs’ empowerment in Sahneh and Harsin counties of Kermanshah Province. Structural impact obtained based on different qualitative techniques and analyzed based on SWOT model. The questionnaire was prepared in order to validate by entrepreneurship expert opinion. The results show that the most effective strengths were: knowledge, attitudes and values increasing in the agricultural entrepreneurs with weight credit (0.386), adoption of social responsibilities increasing with weight credit of (0.374); the most effective weaknesses were: Lack of enough capital with weight credit (0.776), lack of collective life quality with weight credit (0.744); the most effective opportunities were: entrepreneurship skills trading with weight credit (0.429), technical skills trading with weight credit (0.412) and the most effective threats were: lack of useful skills training with weight credit (0.635) and lack of appropriate market for products weight credit (0.615). The results suggest that by aggressive strategies such as training and development of entrepreneurial and professional skills, using new technologies, increasing access to finance and training, access to commercial networks, creation of exhibitions and applications conferences; adaptive strategies such as promoting use of banking facilities, contingency strategies, such as reducing the threat of being able to create diverse career opportunities, reducing administrative bureaucracy, reducing hard to get a license and infrastructure to create suitable market production; defense strategy include reducing the threat such as economic insecurity can be used as background empowerment of  entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector.