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Katrina Sasse

Nuffield Australia 2017 Scholarship winner


Katrina Sasse, from Morawa (near Geraldton) in Western Australia, receives a 2017 Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) West.

She will research “the way forward for daughters” and investigate strategies to encourage young women, particularly farmer’s daughters, to play an integral role in the continuity of family farm businesses, enabling them to survive and help rural communities thrive.

Katrina is involved in her family’s business, a cereal and oilseed cropping enterprise which consists of four farms, totalling 8200 ha. She is one of three daughters and has a keen interest in continuing part of the family farm for future generations, and currently works full-time on the property as a manager, after a successful career in agribusiness banking.

Katrina’s research will focus on the growing number of women farm operators around the globe and initiatives around encouraging women in agriculture. Her study will be particularly pertinent to families who see the benefits and opportunities of having daughters in the business and aims to present key role models for ‘daughters in ag’, particularly through social media channels such as Twitter.

“I have a lot of confidence in what women are doing on farms. The wheels have turned and we must promote the achievements of female farmers to the younger generation so they are educated about where the future of ag is headed.”

“Women bring new ideas, creativity and leadership styles to any industry. More can be done to encourage a balanced gender setting on farms and in groups and organisations in rural Australia and to increase the engagement of daughters in family farm succession planning.

Katrina will explore succession options and strategies involving young women as owners and/or managers of multi-generational family farm enterprises, and will outline a range of opportunities (on and off-farm) that can be available for daughters.

Katrina will travel to Europe, North and South America and Africa as well as locally in Australia and New Zealand.

Location: Morawa, Western Australia
Mobile: 0408 988 856
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