Are women fairly represented in the food and agriculture 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 announced the release of an industry-wide survey, in conjunction with Alltech.
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On equal pay more than half of all women agreed equal pay was an issue, compared to a third of men. Women working in ag-tech cited lack of mentors as a barrier to progression more frequently than most, women working in trading agreed the least.

Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech said “We need to create an environment for facilitating conversations; where female mentors can be sought, and to establish programmes within our organisations that facilitate mentorships.”

For the most part however, the survey shows that the industry is making great progress and employees are feeling positive about the future. 58 percent feel that women are well-represented in the industry and 79 percent agree that their organisation is becoming more inclusive.

The results of the survey were presented by Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech at the Women in Food and Agriculture Summit in Amsterdam on 3-4 December 2019.

Over 300 senior executives from global agribusinesses, food and retail companies attended this global premier summit from all parts of the world. Bringing together some of world’s leading thinkers, practitioners and academics from top firms in the agricultural and food sector, this extraordinary event covered a host of crucial issues and focused on how agribusinesses, farms, food and retail companies can work together, maximise business efficiency, challenge, inspire and shape sustainable future of the industry.

farmer sitting in tractor smiling at camera
farmer sitting in tractor smiling at camera

On equal pay more than half of all women agreed equal pay was an issue, compared to a third of men. Women working in ag-tech cited lack of mentors as a barrier to progression more frequently than most, women working in trading agreed the least.

Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech said “We need to create an environment for facilitating conversations; where female mentors can be sought, and to establish programmes within our organisations that facilitate mentorships.”

For the most part however, the survey shows that the industry is making great progress and employees are feeling positive about the future. 58 percent feel that women are well-represented in the industry and 79 percent agree that their organisation is becoming more inclusive.

The results of the survey were presented by Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech at the Women in Food and Agriculture Summit in Amsterdam on 3-4 December 2019.

Over 300 senior executives from global agribusinesses, food and retail companies attended this global premier summit from all parts of the world. Bringing together some of world’s leading thinkers, practitioners and academics from top firms in the agricultural and food sector, this extraordinary event covered a host of crucial issues and focused on how agribusinesses, farms, food and retail companies can work together, maximise business efficiency, challenge, inspire and shape sustainable future of the industry.

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