Connecting external entrants to agricultural businesses without successors and / or lessees of agricultural land

This Living Labs Sustainable Business Acquisition is aimed at defining and improving the training and coaching process for guiding a sustainable business acquisition. In particular on optimizing the infrastructure for support in the process of a business takeover. It focuses both on the generation that takes over a company, as well as on the generation that transfers a company.

Objective

This research aims at identifying the factors that are important for connecting external entrants to agricultural entrepreneurs without a successor or providers of agricultural and horticultural land.

 

Results

  • Advice for the implementation of a future national knowledge or practice center for agricultural business succession
  • Roadmap for various types of lateral entrants
  • Award factors for current farmers to let outsiders take over

Duration

01 September 2020 - 31 December 2020

Approach

Quantitative and qualitative methods are used to map out support needs and existing supply. The missing aspects are identified using a validated model, partly existing questionnaires, interview protocols and focus groups.

There is a need for insight into the support needs of the diverse group of side entrants. The expectations of farmers without a successor or land providers are also important. The hard sides - the economic and financial considerations - but also the soft sides - social-emotional factors and the building of relationships and networks - are looked at.

HU researchers involved in the research

  • Lex van Teeffelen
    Lex van Teeffelen
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Financial-Economic Advice in Innovation
  • Edwin Weesie | Researcher | Financial-Economic Advice in Innovation
    Edwin Weesie
    • Teacher-researcher
    • Research groups: Financial-Economic Advice in Innovation

Collaboration with knowledge partners

Unique to this proposal is that five existing matching platforms of agricultural and non-agricultural origin work together: 1. “Farmer seeks farmer” by NAJK 2. “Starters farm” by LTO-Noord 3. “Landgilde” by Land & Co 4. MKBase 5. Business purchase

Any questions or want to collaborate?

Edwin Weesie | Researcher | Financial-Economic Advice in Innovation

Edwin Weesie

  • Teacher-researcher
  • Research group: Financial-Economic Advice in Innovation