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Women in agriculture

Friday June 22nd, 2018

£250,000 has been awarded to help break down the day to day barriers which limit womens impact in the agriculture sector.scottishgovernment_logo

The funding comes as the women in agriculture taskforce publishes its one year progress report. The report highlights the need to improve access for women to relevant training, increase the presence of women in leadership roles, and encourage rural bodies to advance gender equality.

Some of the funding will be used to deliver appropriate training and develop a Charter for businesses and organisations to sign up to show their support for involving more women at all levels.

Announcing the funding at the Royal Highland Show, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:

“It is generally accepted that the contribution of women within the farming and agricultural sectors as a whole is often overlooked. This must change and we must better recognise the vital and significant role women play in these sectors to ensure we are benefiting from the full range of skills and experience available to us.

This report adds to the growing body of research that clearly demonstrates that equality and cohesion are beneficial to our economy. I welcome the recommendation for more women to be in leadership positions, the need to create better training pathways for women, and am interested to learn more about how an industry charter could work.

I expect the taskforce to now take practical action towards better acknowledgement and representation of women in Scotland’s agricultural sector and I have set aside £250,000 towards helping realise equal opportunity for all in a progressive farming culture.”

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