Agricultural social enterprises in the Philippines: An exploratory qualitative study of Agricultural Social Enterprises tapping into niche markets, while ensuring opportunities for the poor to become self-sufficient

Jacqueline Hansen

Student thesis: Master thesis


In the developing world, poverty is a critical issue. While charity and interventions from NGOs are well intentioned, they often bring ‘here and now’ solutions rather than sustainable ones. At the same time, globalization affects the vulnerable poor. Social Enterprises have emerged as a response to the social and environmental crisis, with individuals and organizations providing innovative and sustainable solutions. The purpose of this thesis is to research how agricultural social enterprises in the Philippines can reach a niche market while ensuring opportunities for the poor to become self-sufficient. From a social constructivist perspective, using a hermeneutic analysis strategy, this thesis explores the concept of Social Enterprises, particularly in the context of the developing world. Contextualizing qualitative empirical findings in theoretical framework of value chain and ‘Social Enterprises with the Poor as Primary Stakeholders’(SEPPS)

EducationsMSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2014
Number of pages162