Missed Opportunities: Unlocking the Future for Women in Agriculture

Missed Opportunities: Unlocking the Future for Women in Agriculture Report

  • Author(s): Dimopoulos, M., Sheridan, M.
  • Published: 2000
  • Publisher: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and Agriculture Fisheries & Forestry - Australia
  • ISBN: DPI-29A

Abstract: This report documents the outcomes of processes undertaken as a result of the national research project Missed Opportunities: Harnessing the Potential of Women in Australian Agriculture. In 1997 the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Australia (AFFA) (formerly the Department of Primary Industries and Energy) commissioned a national three stage research project to investigate the role that women play in the agricultural sector. This is a report on Stage 2 of the project. Stage 1 involved extensive consultation with a range of players in the agriculture and resource management sectors. Its outcomes are recorded in the report, Missed Opportunities-Harnessing the Potential of Women in Australian Agriculture. The Report documents the potential contribution women can make to agriculture, both directly and through participation in decision-making. It also identifies barriers to women’s participation in numerous areas such as leadership, decision-making and innovation as well as identifying possible change strategies and best practices for involving women in the agricultural sector. The Stage 1 report identified three common issues, recurring across different components of the agricultural sector, which need to be addressed by those who are involved within the sector. These issues form the basis for the work undertaken in Stage 2 of the project. The issues are: • The culture within the sector, which is seen to be male-oriented and unwelcoming, or even exclusive of women as leaders and managers • The competing demands of work within the sector and family responsibilities, the overwhelming burden of which still fall to women • The extent to which women’s self-perception or lack of confidence inhibits their progress to positions as leaders and managers within their sector The objectives of Stage 2 are to increase women’s recognition and input within the rural sector by: • Applying the strategies identified in Stage 1, and other agreed change management strategies, in two case study organisations, in order to identify those strategies most likely to succeed; and • Utilise the outcomes from the case study activities to develop ‘best practice’ models for increasing women’s input and influence in organisations within the sector

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Dimopoulos, M., Sheridan, M., 2000, Missed Opportunities: Unlocking the Future for Women in Agriculture, Report, viewed 19 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4078.

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