Original Research

A framework to develop technopreneurs in digital agriculture value chains in South Africa

Hermanus J. Smidt, Osden Jokonya
Journal of Foresight and Thought Leadership | Vol 2, No 1 | a21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/joftl.v2i1.21 | © 2023 Hermanus J. Smidt, Osden Jokonya | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 December 2022 | Published: 11 July 2023

About the author(s)

Hermanus J. Smidt, Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Osden Jokonya, Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Abstract

Background: The coronavirus epidemic together with Industry 4 has created several disruptors that transformed workplaces and markets. This also highlighted the need to rethink and find alternative approaches to secure future work for unemployed graduates and youth. Digital technology adoption in agriculture value chains (AVCs) creates opportunities for the development of technopreneurs that can help to address this issue of unemployment.

Objectives: This study aimed to understand how an institutional framework can support the inclusive development of technopreneurs in digital AVCs. This should align to government policies and the opportunities created by Industry 4.0.

Method: A systematic literature review (SLR) assessed numerous frameworks that aligns with government policies and strategies associated with digital for development (D4D). The final outcome is a framework that lists the institutions to support the development of technopreneurs in digital AVCs in South Africa.

Results: Provincial digital innovation hubs and district agro-food sustainable knowledge hubs are suggested for implementation. The adoption of digital technology in AVCs is encouraged by these institutions that create future work and enterprise creation opportunities for unemployed graduates and youth.

Conclusion: An alternative conceptualisation of the emergence of technopreneurs is envisioned in order to address the research question. This will assist to better understand the institutional arrangement needed to support the development of technopreneurs in AVCs.

Contribution: This research adds to D4D literature as such a framework does not exist in South Africa. In the future, this will assist practitioners and academics in better organising, conceptualising and carrying out their investigations.



Keywords

technopreneur; entrepreneur; innovation; incubation; value chains; inclusive; digital hubs.

JEL Codes

A23: Graduate; D02: Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

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