twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

Unilever and BASF increasing proportion of women in leadership positions

Unilever has achieved 50/50 gender balance in leadership roles across its brands and BASF has committed to increasing the number of women at the top to 30 per cent by 2030 after achieving its 20 per cent by 2020 target a year ahead of schedule

international womens dayOut of more than 2,500 respondents, 50 per cent of women said they were well represented at the top of food and agricultural businesses. (Image source: StratfordProductions/Adobe Stock)

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

This year’s theme is #EachForEqual and challenges participants to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.

It comes after a WFA survey laid bare the challenges facing women in the agri-food sector, the differences in opinions between men and women, how women perceive their employers, workplace culture and what they believe are the barriers holding women back.

Out of more than 2,500 respondents, 50 per cent of women said they were well represented at the top of food and agricultural businesses.

Results of the survey, commissioned by WFA Summit organiser AgriBriefing, were revealed at last year’s event in Amsterdam.

Delegates said the two-day event, sponsored by Alltech, helped them gain a better understanding of the key challenges facing the sector, while also providing networking opportunities and a chance to develop leadership and management skills through a range of interactive seminars and workshops.

Mary Bowman of Galbraith Group said, “The content and workshops made for a highly motivational experience which made me think forward in my career and gave me a positive boost in confidence regarding the future, both personally and within agriculture in general.”

“Not only was it informative regarding different agricultural practices globally, but it was also hugely inspirational. The plethora of different land-based roles women are undertaking all over the world is extraordinary, giving me some great new ideas about where my career might take me in the future.”

Claire Simonetta of Torloisk Farm, Isle of Mull, added, “Although the overarching theme was gender equality by empowering women, the conference managed to deliver a realistic yet optimistic and in my opinion incredibly valuable message that gender equality is achieved not by constantly focusing on gender, but by doing the exact opposite.”

Caroline Mason, Co-op, commented, “I really appreciated the conference covered how to be a female in leadership combined with the challenges that we face over the next 30 years across the global food system. It was a welcome balance of self-development, combined with technical reality information sharing and debates.


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

Nature-based solutions help farmers in Ghana

Nature-based solutions help farmers in G…

Organic pesticides, waste-based fertilisers and forest regeneration are just a few of the green initiatives being employed in Ghana to boost farming communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate...

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Saharan Africa

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Sa…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to fast track an impact-oriented project in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America for digital soil nutrient mapping, after...

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double rice production to curb food insecurity

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double…

President Adama Barrow has received a delegation led by the Korean Ambassador to The Gambia, HE Kim Ji-Joon, at the State House in Banjul to announce the delivery of sample rice...

World Sustainability Organization chooses Zambia as the first African Sustainability Hub

World Sustainability Organization choose…

The World Sustainability Organization and Foundation (WSO&F) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambian Government, to make Zambia the African Sustainability Hub 

Rallying call to improve African and global cotton production

Rallying call to improve African and glo…

As the business of cotton production continues to attract global attention, there are concerns about how sustainable the practice of growing, harvesting, and production will be, especially for lower income...

Research and farming institution from Zimbabwe wins FAO Award

Research and farming institution from Zi…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) honoured three research and farming institutions, one of which was from Zimbabwe

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

 FAO and World Food Programme to assist farmers in Congo and Nigeria

FAO and World Food Programme to assist …

The Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have stepped up efforts to assist farmers and alleviate hunger in Congo and Nigeria

Angola starts coffee export to the USA

Angola starts coffee export to the USA

Angola has started exporting coffee to the USA with the first load of coffee from Angola arriving at New York this week

EU-funded Afikepo project improves nutrition in Malawi

EU-funded Afikepo project improves nutri…

European Union-funded Afikepo nutrition sensitive agriculture project has been being implemented in Malawi to increase and diversify dietary intake of safe and nutritious foods, and achieve optimal nutrition for women...

C-MRF launched by COMESA to improve grain trade

C-MRF launched by COMESA to improve grai…

The COMESA Mutual Recognition Framework (C-MRF) has been launched to facilitate grain trade between COMESA nations

Ivan Meyer calls on companies to support farm workers

Ivan Meyer calls on companies to support…

Ivan Meyer calls on retail companies who benefitted from Black Friday to support the farmers and farm workers

AfDB lends US$80mn to Congo to set up agricultural value chains

AfDB lends US$80mn to Congo to set up ag…

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has granted a US$80mn loan to Congo to set up agricultural value chains to benefit more than 350,000 people

Nigeria to target five million farmers for GES programme

Nigeria to target five million farmers f…

The Nigerian minister of agriculture has said that his ministry is to enrol more than five million farmers in its Gross Enhancement Support (GES) programme

Egypt to exchange cotton for wheat from Ukraine

Egypt to exchange cotton for wheat from …

Egypt and Ukraine have reached a deal under which Egypt will give Ukraine long staple cotton in return for wheat

Zimbabwe awarded US$3 million to fund training of extension workers

Zimbabwe awarded US$3 million to fund tr…

Zimbabwe has been awarded more than US$3mn from the European Union to be used to fund training of agricultural extension workers across the country

IFAD’s investment programme to boost private funding of small-scale farmers

IFAD’s investment programme to boost pri…

Rural businesses, which are so vital for transforming food systems, will get a much needed boost from an ambitious new financing programme launched by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural...

AfDB helps to create 35,000 jobs in agricultural SMEs

AfDB helps to create 35,000 jobs in agri…

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) project to support the employability and integration of young people in growth sectors (PAEIJ-SP) in Togo has helped create 35,000 jobs in agricultural SMEs

Mauritania to gain US$21mn IFAD grant to boost food security, nutrition and reduce rural poverty

Mauritania to gain US$21mn IFAD grant to…

285,600 Mauritanian farmers will benefit from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) agreement that was signed on 12 January 

Prev Next