The Norwegian farm sector faces a number of challenges related to future adjustment.
The development of rural tourism and recreation, value-added food products oar new combinations of products and services depends on entrepreneurial activity involving far mers.
Research related to the challenges for farmers as entrepreneurs, to how support systems and organized marketing initiatives can facilitate innovation and business development, and of the potential economic impact of farm entrepreneurship on a farm, regional and national level will be of potentially great value when agricultural policy is changed to allow market forces to have e greater influence on production.
While an increasing proportion of farmers choose to diversify, there is limited knowledg e of market development, success factors and the entrepreneurial decision-criteria. Increasing the competency of NILF as producer of knowledge and statistics related to the economic development and the effects of policy in and the agro-food sectors is the refore an important aim. The project plans to include two doctoral programmes and one or two post-doctoral researchers. The programme will strengthen the research field through building on complementary resources at NILF, Bodø Graduate School of Business and Nordlandsforskning as well as international and especially Nordic networks.
SIP-LMD-SIP finansiert av Landbruksog matdepartementet