Women in Farming and Agriculture Research Report

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 women in other family businesses. During the research, the importance of inheritance, training and farm safety all emerged as important issues. Key issues highlighted in this research include - Women play a major role in Scottish agriculture, participating in the full range of farming activities; The cultural practice of passing on large farms intact to one son is the single biggest barrier to women's entry into agriculture; Women are very under-represented amongst the elected leadership of national-level farming organisations; Women in agriculture are very busy, juggling family responsibilities, farm work, housework, off-farm employment and volunteer work. The report makes excellent recommendations on what should be done to support women in farming and agriculture in the future.

Download the report here.

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