Analysis of the Adequacy of National Agricultural Policy in Addressing Entrepreneurial Education of Selected Agricultural Training Institutions in Zambia
The study seeks to establish the adequacy of National Agricultural Policy
in addressing entrepreneurial education of selected Agricultural Training Institutions
Zambia. A descriptive survey design was employed using a mixed methods approach
but with greater focus on qualitative approach. Purposive random sampling procedure
was used. Quantitative data was analysed using frequencies, percentages and
tables while qualitative data was analysed thematically. Most of the
respondents interviewed acknowledged that the current National Agricultural
Policy did not adequately address entrepreneurial education in Agricultural Training Institutions. The National Agricultural Policy, both in
terms of content and strategies did not appear to achieve the desired result of
entrepreneurial education as they tended to be biased towards food security,
fish, crop and livestock production compared to nurturing entrepreneurs. It
showed fragmented sectorial strategies and policies which did not point to entrepreneurial
education. A general lack of comprehensive institutional frameworks and Acts of
Parliament to support and address the issues of entrepreneurial education in Agricultural
Training Institutions was observed as a major constraint to job creation. The
study concluded that entrepreneurial education in the National Agricultural
Policy was inadequate. This research, therefore, recommended integration of
entrepreneurial education in the National Agricultural Policy and enactment of
appropriate strategic Acts of Parliament to support entrepreneurial education
and decent job creation.
Keywords: Agricultural Training, Entrepreneurial Education,
National Agricultural Policy
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