Journal of Scientific Research and Reports 2020-07-12T10:21:54+00:00 Journal of Scientific Research and Reports Open Journal Systems <p><strong>Journal of Scientific Research and Reports (ISSN: 2320-0227)</strong> aims to publish high quality papers (<a href="/index.php/JSRR/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in all areas of ‘scientific research’. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, this journal facilitates the research and wishes to publish papers as long as they are technically correct and scientifically motivated. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled, OPEN peer reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.</p> On Generalized Reverse 3-primes Numbers 2020-07-12T10:21:54+00:00 Yuksel Soykan <p>In this paper, we introduce and investigate the generalized reverse 3-primes sequences and we deal with, in detail, three special cases which we call them reverse 3-primes, reverse Lucas 3-primes and reverse modified 3-primes sequences. We present Binet’s formulas, generating functions, Simson formulas, and the summation formulas for these sequences. Moreover, we give some identities and matrices related with these sequences.</p> 2020-07-03T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Effect of Human Capital and Dynamic Capabilities on Competitive Advantage: Mediating Analysis 2020-07-12T10:21:53+00:00 Vilani Sachitra <p><strong>Aim: </strong>A better understanding of farm-level competitiveness of agribusiness sector provides the necessary framework for agribusiness farms to compete at domestic and global markets. This study aims to determine the relationships of human capital, dynamic capabilities and competitive advantage in the minor export crop sector in Sri Lanka.</p> <p><strong>Study Design: </strong>Minor export crop farm owners involved in the commercial cultivation of cinnamon, pepper and clove in Sri Lanka were surveyed using a personally-administered, structured questionnaire. The regression-based path analysis was used to test the model.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>The results indicate significant relationships between human capital and capabilities of learning and relationship building as well as between human capital and competitive advantage.</p> <p><strong>Implications: </strong>The findings provide useful insights where an understanding of the link between human capital, as a resource, in dynamic capabilities and competitive advantage which allows human capital to be configured appropriately and deployed effectively and efficiently based on dynamic capabilities of the minor export crop farms to achieve competitive advantage.</p> <p><strong>Original: </strong>The study has extended our understanding of the importance of human capital for in relation to dynamic capabilities.</p> 2020-07-07T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Impact of Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (Leap) on Its Beneficiaries in the Ga East Municipality in the Greater Accra Region, Ghana 2020-07-11T07:34:44+00:00 Benzies Isaac Adu- Okoree Daniella Delali Sedegah Olivia Emma Sakyi <p>The purpose of this study was to find the impact of Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) on its beneficiaries in the Ga East Municipality in the Greater Accra Region. The explorative and descriptive research designs were used in this study. Data was collected through questionnaires and in-depth interviews. The multi-stage and snow ball sampling methods were used to select 90 respondents for the study. This study found that the program had captured more than 1,000 individuals from 207 households onto the LEAP program. Some of these beneficiaries had relatives who were indirectly benefiting from the amounts that they received every two months. It was also found that there were 300 additional relatives of the 90 respondents who were indirectly benefiting from the LEAP as they were either being taken care of or their fees were paid by the beneficiaries. The LEAP money was used by the beneficiaries for trading activities, paying the school fees of their children and the orphans who lived with them, and others used the money solely for feeding. It was concluded that the implementation of the LEAP in the Ga East Municipality had helped in improving the conditions of the beneficiaries even though few shortcomings like delays in payment of the LEAP money were encountered by the. The study recommends among others that officials of LEAP at the Municipal level should ensure that the beneficiaries get the information of their payment dates in time and subsequently get their LEAP money at the right time without any delay.</p> 2020-07-11T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Value Chain Analysis of Wicker Willow in Kashmir 2020-07-11T10:16:30+00:00 Mudasir Rashid Sajad A. Saraf S. H. Baba P. A. Sofi <p>The present study was carried out in four blocks, viz., Ganderbal, Sherpathri, Lar and Kangan of Ganderbal district of Kashmir valley, owing to the presence of majority of wicker willow cultivators and handicraft makers in the district. A total number of 120 respondents were selected for the study. A well-structured interview schedule was constructed for the collection of primary data from the respondents. Data derived from the respondents were analyzed by using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Three main varieties of wicker willow species were determined in the study area, i.e., <em>Salix triandra, Salix dickymat and Salix viminalis</em>, with <em>Salix triandra </em>being the most prominent among the three as almost 53.33% of the respondents were cultivating this particular specie of wicker willow<em>.</em> From the study, it was concluded that the main wicker willow handicrafts made in district Ganderbal were <em>tokris</em>, dry-fruit bowls, round cups, decorative ducks, buckets, <em>chapatis</em>, <em>kangris</em>, etc. Mainly two marketing channels were being followed in the marketing of wicker handicrafts. In the first channel, the wicker handicraft moved from producer to consumer through wholesaler and retailer. In the second channel, the wicker handicraft moved from producer to consumer through retailer only. Out of the two marketing channels, channel 2<sup>nd</sup> was found out to be more suitable and profitable than channel I<sup>st</sup> as far the marketing efficiency, price spread and producer’s share in consumer’s rupee were concerned. One of the main constraints faced in marketing of these handicrafts was the limited marketing facilities followed by the influence of wholesalers and retailers and others.</p> 2020-07-11T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##