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AgriBriefing, Alltech unveil survey on Women in Food and Agriculture

A new international survey launched on 28 October by AgriBriefing’s Women in Food and Agriculture, which promotes gender diversity across the agribusiness supply chain, will act as a barometer to track change over the last 12 months

annie spratt GaLzDCnA5EI unsplashThe mission of Women in Food and Agriculture is to make a measurable positive impact on gender diversity across the global food and agricultural industry. (Image source: Annie Spratt/Unsplash)

The 2019 WFA survey revealed several barriers for women in agriculture but reflected an optimistic outlook. As 2020 ushered in unprecedented challenges for the industry, how has gender equality been impacted?

After a year like no other when home working has become the norm, the survey will assess how this has impacted on companies’ approach to flexible working and the potential impact on women’s careers going forward.

Recent studies have highlighted the positive impact of diversity and inclusivity on business performance, with a recent survey by McKinsey showing firms with a more diverse executive team and board are more likely to see better than average profits. This shows that the agri-food industry must act to understand the scale of inequality and for companies to boost diversity and inclusion to maximise results. 

Elisabeth Mork-Eidem, AgriBriefing’s group events director, said, “The mission of Women in Food and Agriculture is to make a measurable positive impact on gender diversity across the global food and agricultural industry. This annual survey, in partnership with Alltech, plays a crucial role in tracking how the industry is doing in driving diversity and inclusivity.”

Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, commented, “Human ingenuity is our Earth’s most valuable resource, and a diverse workforce is essential to building a more sustainable future. We are excited to once again partner with AgriBriefing in supporting a more equitable environment for women.”

The survey, available in six languages, will also take a deep dive into sexism in the workplace, career progression, opportunities for young people and impacts on mental health.


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