AWB Limited has made a substantial investment into the future of Australian agriculture, by today announcing $100,000 worth of support for Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) and Partners in Grain.
AWB Chairman Trevor Flugge said AWB had committed $85,000 to AWiA as its inaugural Gold Sponsor, following the $15,000 it directed to the Partners in Grain project, both of which were focused on the development of rural Australia, particularly its women and its youth.
“Rural and regional Australia is clearly key to our business, and these significant investments into two key programs reconfirms AWB’s commitment back to rural communities,” Mr Flugge said.
“These latest partnerships are part of a plan to get closer to grain growers and their communities, a plan which includes the recent announcement of AWB’s expansion of its Grower Services Network throughout our wheat growing areas. That represents AWB’s biggest ever investment, and is one that also goes directly into rural and regional Australia.”
Mr Flugge said the AWiA funds would be directed into the number of areas, including scholarships, workshops, conferences, meetings and communication.
“AWiA plays an important role in education, training and support within the broader rural community, and AWB regards a partnership with the organisation as an investment in the future of that community,” Mr Flugge said.
“Similarly, the Partners in Grain project, which is a Grains Research and Development Corporation project, has a charter to increase the involvement of women and young people in the grains industry by lifting their knowledge and skills base,” Mr Flugge said.
“By supporting organisations such as these, who have similar objectives to AWB, we are supporting the very heart of the communities which help support us.”
AWiA president Jan Fitzgerald said that rural women and their communities would see direct benefits from the commitment made by AWB.
“The Association is thrilled to have forged this partnership with AWB, which we are sure will be a fruitful one in terms of the future for women in agriculture, and rural communities in general,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
“This sponsorship will be used for strategic training and skilling programs, which will enable rural women to contribute even further to all facets of Australian agriculture.”
AWiA, which was formed in 1993, currently has more than 600 financial members from every State and Territory in Australia.