U of R report shows perception of women in agriculture

A new report on women in Agriculture in Saskatchewan sees both challenges and opportunities.
Co-author Dr. Amber Fletcher is an associate professor in the Department of Social Studies at the University of Regina.
She says women face challenges of sexism and discrimination and access to financing, but she says attitudes are changing and there are many opportunities in the agriculture industry.
“We found very strong representation of women in the area of agriculture advocacy, in the area of mental health advocacy for agriculture, so those are areas where women are really leading,” said Fletcher. “We also found that there are many opportunities in certain aspects of agriculture like value-add activities, processing, and organics.”
The report has eight recommendations to support women in agriculture, including more childcare support and access to training and financing.

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