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Certificate in Entrepreneurship for Women in Agribusiness

 A Modern Entrepreneurship Training Programme For Women in Agriculture/Agribusiness 

Agribusiness Academy and Business School Netherlands are proud to present the Certificate in Entrepreneurship for Women in Agribusiness as a new and in-depth programme to support female entrepreneurs in launching and expanding their agribusiness organisations.

This programme is ideal for you if you are a woman leading an agribusiness or involved in the supply chain of an agriculture organisation.

What will you learn?

This 26-week course is designed as a community learning programme where you will learn how to develop sustainable agribusiness models and interact and share ideas with other female entrepreneurs. There will be regular online sessions to discuss ideas, refine your business model and work through challenges unique to female entrepreneurs in agribusiness.

It is important to note that this is not a practical agricultural training course covering skills such as seed planting, animal husbandry, or field management. It is focused only on management, leadership, and organisational skills for women in agriculture/agribusiness.

What makes this course unique?

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship for Women in Agribusiness is a unique course in that it provides a safe and supportive space for women to share their stories, ideas, and challenges in a group of fellow women who face similar situations and environments.

It approaches agribusiness entrepreneurship from the perspective of a woman who runs a business in a still mostly male-dominated industry.

Who is Agribusiness Academy?

Business School Netherlands and Agribusiness Academy have been working alongside each other for many years in providing quality and affordable agribusiness and food security-focused courses. Agribusiness Academy specializes in food trends, sustainability, distribution and value chains, agribusiness technologies, and entrepreneurship skills.

Further training is available from Agribusiness Academy once you have completed this course. For more information on Agribusiness Academy, please click here

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Features of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship for Women in Agribusiness 
  • Taught in English
  • 6 months 
  • Weekly online interactive sessions
  • 10 Modules
  • Gain valuable management and Agritech skills
  • Part-time and online studying with a flexible timetable
  • A background in Agribusiness or food security would be advantageous.
  • Reliable internet and email access
  • Admissions are strictly reserved for female applicants 

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship for Women in Agribusiness is delivered online over a 26 week period with weekly group coaching sessions. Students will have access to the Agribusiness Academy companion app and Q & A workshops to support their studies.

Recommended study time per week is 4-6 hours

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship for Women in Agribusiness covers 10 modules:
  • Module 1: Global Agribusiness And Food Sustainability Trends
  • Module 2: Changing The Game Of Food
  • Module 3: Business Model Design – Developing A Value Proposition
  • Module 4: Business Model Design – Developing A Distribution Strategy
  • Module 5: Food Chain Design Analysis
  • Module 6: Path To Profitability In Agribusiness
  • Module 7: Develop A Business Model For A Snack Manufacturer
  • Module 8: Agribusiness Finance
  • Module 9: Beyond Big Data – The Case Of Digital Agriculture
  • Module 10: The Dynamics Of Digital Agriculture

Students will have access to the Agribusiness Academy learning companion app which gives direct access to facilitators, the peer groups, as well as bonus customised learning content.

Start Dates
  • 25 August 2021
  • 27 October 2021
  • 28 April 2022
  • 27 October 2021

*Business School Netherlands and Agribusiness Academy reserve the right to postpone a start date should the required number of participants not be reached for a specific start date.

Programme Fees

Once off: $ 999 USD

Two Terms: 2 x $ 500 USD

Four Terms: 4 x $ 262 USD

Online courses within the Food and Agribusiness Management program have been developed and taught by experts who are widely-recognized thought leaders, educators, researchers, and entrepreneurs.

On-Location Facilitators

BSN Tutor Vijayender NallaDr. Vijayender Nalla – Program Lead
Vijayender is the founder and managing director of Agribusiness Academy. Agribusiness Academy orchestrates on-demand training and innovation demands of professionals and students in food and agribusiness. Prior to taking up entrepreneurship in 2009, he worked at Nyenrode Business University, Netherlands, National Institute of Technology, Warangal India and several other places. Over the course of his entrepreneurial journey, he has worked on several disruptive food chain projects in Europe, Asia and Africa. Specifically, in the area of food & agribusiness, he has been publishing, training and coaching on a range of topics that include, building robust food value chains of the future, go-to-market strategies, technology choice strategies and frameworks for addressing the food security. He has a PhD in supply chain management from Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands.
Connect with Dr Vijayender here


Dr David HughesDr-David-Hughes is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer and retail trends.

David has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organisations on three continents.

For 20 years, he was a Non-Executive Director of Berry Gardens Ltd – a U.K. farmer-owned berry fruit business (£230 million turnover in 2015). With his American business partner, David established, grew and sold a branded fresh produce business which served supermarkets in the USA. Around the globe, he works with food and beverage supply chain companies – including farm input, growers, manufacturers and ingredient companies, retailers and food service firms – to assist them in management training, strategy and Board level decision-making. David’s views are frequently sought by TV, radio and the printed press.

Pierre van der Merwe

Pierre van der Merwe
Programme Advisor
E-mail: pierre@bsn.co.za

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