Women in Agriculture
The Scottish Government responded to the ‘Women in Farming and the Agricultural Sector’ Research Report published on Friday 23 June 2017 and highlighted in First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon's speech at this year's Royal Highland Show when she announced the formation of a task force, co-chaired by Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity and Joyce Campbell, a working farmer and entrepreneur based in North Sutherland who, along with the other members, are committed to developing and driving forward real change.
The First Minister also said "The Scottish Government commissioned 'Women in Farming and Agriculture Research Report' draws out some difficult issues as well as looking at some of the slightly less controversial issues facing women within Scottish agriculture. If we are to achieve change we must be prepared to face up to and discuss and debate and challenge those difficult issues".
In 2016, the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS) commissioned research on ‘Women in farming and the Agriculture Sector’. The overall purpose of this research was to “establish a baseline position on women in farming and the agriculture sector, which then will influence future policies to enhance the role of women in these sectors going forward”. The specific aim of this research project is to investigate the role of women in farming and the agriculture sector in Scotland under five headings: daily life; aspirations; career paths; leadership; and comparative analysis with other family businesses.
The research was undertaken by a collaboration of researchers at Newcastle University and the James Hutton Institute. The research was overseen by a Scottish Government Contract Manager, and a Research Advisory Group was comprised of Scottish Government policy officials and a range of stakeholder organisations.