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Women in Food and Agriculture Survey Results: Are Women Fairly Represented in the Industry?
AgriBriefing’s Women in Food and Agriculture initiative, launched earlier this year to promote the role of women across the agribusiness supply chain, has today announced the results of an industry-wide survey, conducted with Alltech.
With the global population projected to rise to more than 9 billion by 2050 and the demand for food expected to jump sharply, the need for value gained through accessing all available talent assumes greater urgency than before.
The aim throughout the initiative has been to highlight the current state of our industry. This is not about giving women special treatment or an unfair advantage, but about ensuring we have the facts and skills required to...
AgriBriefing Launch Pioneering Industry Wide Survey on Women in Food and Agriculture
AgriBriefing’s Women in Food and Agriculture campaign, which promotes the role of women across the agribusiness supply chain, has today announced the launch of the first industry-wide diversity and inclusion survey, supported by Alltech.
Agribusiness and food production are the world’s largest employers, and across the supply chain there is a huge appetite to address the issue of diversity. Agribusinesses are under increasing pressure from consumers, politicians and their own business partners to ensure they are embracing the technology that will revolutionise the sector and building a workforce that has the skills and innovative mindset to utilise it.
Study after study has shown that inclusive workplaces with real diversity across their workforce directly correlate with...
Cargill and Heifer Launch Hatching Hope Global Initiative
Cargill and Heifer International have joined forces to create The Hatching Hope Global Initiative. The bold initiative aims to improve the nutrition and economic livelihoods of 100 million people by 2030 through the production, promotion and consumption of poultry.
Hatching Hope will work directly with women smallholder farmers, initially in India, Mexico and Kenya. The program helps farmers not only feed their families but also become part of the solution to bridging the global food and nutrition security gap, while boosting local economies and providing nutrition education.
“We believe that the key to ending hunger and poverty is for farmers to be able to earn a living income,” said Pierre Ferrari, president and CEO of Heifer International. “Through Hatching Hope, we’re investing in smart, resourceful women farmers, working with them to improve...
Amy Cornell: Making an Impact on Agriculture
Amy Cornell has strong roots in agriculture. Growing up on a crop farm in Illinois, Amy was ironically allergic to most things—which didn’t foster fondness of the farm in her early years, especially at harvest time. But things changed when she interviewed her father about farming for an assignment while studying at Purdue University.
“That changed my whole career path. Once I had that conversation with him, I decided that even if I wasn’t going to actively farm, I still wanted to help farmers. I realized that growing up on the farm was unique. And that there was just a lot of history—a lot of family history. I actually still have that assignment. I saved it, and I got an A on it.”
Her father’s hard work and passion for farming inspired her to return to her farm roots, and so she went to law school with the intent to...
The Women of Food and Agriculture
From the barn to the boardroom, women play a crucial role in the global business of food and agriculture. Which is why when research showed that women are acutely under-represented in management roles throughout the industry, it seemed imperative to examine and uncover the gender gap—and reveal the incredible stories of the women who work to feed the world.
Women engaged throughout the supply chain understand the unique challenges of operating in this traditionally male-dominated business. In fact, the food and agriculture industry has been comparatively slow in adapting to changing workforce dynamics.
The case for empowering women in leadership roles is not only built on the foundation of morality and principles of equality, but also by proven economic success bolstered by inclusion and diversity. The World Economic Forum estimates it may take...
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