On October 20-21, AWB is hosting a ‘Women in Grain Tour’ in an effort to encourage women to take a leading role in the grain industry and AWB’s operations, AWB Managing Director, Andrew Lindberg announced today.
Mr. Lindberg said this initiative is a response to the growing recognition that women are becoming increasingly involved in the industry, but are under represented, particularly in industry leadership roles.
“Women are extremely important partners in managing and operating farm enterprises,” said Mr Lindberg.
“The tour will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about AWB’s operations, the grain industry, grain marketing and national wheat marketing, with the ultimate aim of increasing skills, knowledge and participation of women in the grain industry.
“It will also provide valuable feedback on how AWB can better work with women in the grains industry and rural communities,” Mr Lindberg said.
The event received an overwhelming response, with more than 100 applications from across Australia. With only 30 places available, AWB has selected a cross section of women to reflect a diverse range of views and balance in terms of demographics and geographical spread across the key wheat growing states.
“AWB was extremely pleased with the response. The level of interest indicated the need and importance of providing women with the opportunity and means to further participate and take a leading role in the future of the grains industry,” Mr Lindberg said.
A second tour has already been scheduled for early 2004.
Mr Lindberg said the event would lay the foundations for the establishment of a reference group for women growers. This will add to AWB’s already extensive network of reference groups, which continue to be a highly valued method of consultation for AWB to better understand the needs and issues of growers.
The program will include a tour of AWB’s facilities, including Agrifood Technology, and a series of presentations covering supply chain operations, pooling operations and performance, demonstrations of the end uses of wheat and managing customer relationships.
AWB worked in conjunction with Australian Women in Agriculture, the GRDC “Partners in Grain’ and the Country Women’s Association to organise the event.
For more information Pete McBride, AWB Limited, on 03 9209 2174, or 0417 662 451.