Alltech announces industry-wide survey on women in agriculture

2019-09-30

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The challenges associated with the ever-increasing global population have made it more important than ever for the agri-food industry to be able to perform at its full potential. Inclusion and diversity in the workforce are essential to shaping a sustainable future — and yet, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the gender gap in the food and agriculture industries is extensive. To gather real-world insights into the professional landscape for women in agriculture, Alltech has announced its support of an industry wide survey

Launching on Sept. 10, this global survey, which will be conducted in partnership with Agri Briefing, aims to collect feedback about the barriers that impede progress and to identify the resources needed to ensure workplace equality. The survey is open to women and men across all sectors of the agri-food industry, and the results will be revealed at the Women in Food & Agriculture Summit, to be held Dec. 3–4, 2019, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

This collaborative effort to reach across sectors and geographical boundaries in an attempt to improve the industry’s outlook reflects Alltech’s vision for a Planet of Plenty™. During ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, held in Lexington, Kentucky, in May, Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, outlined the company’s vision for a future with enough nutritious and safe food for the rising population, with our environment and resources preserved for future generations. A diverse and inclusive workforce is among the most valuable of those resources.

“It is my experience that the most effective organizations embrace diversity and support inclusion,” said Dr. Lyons. “The food and agriculture sectors include many talented female leaders, and we need to make sure young people see themselves represented and can envision a future career in the industry. Through this industry-wide survey, we hope to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing women in ag and identify opportunities for growth.”

Women and men in all sectors of the food supply chain are encouraged to contribute to this important global conversation about gender equality in agriculture by taking the survey here.

For more information on the Women in Food & Agriculture Summit, visit wfasummit.com, and join the conversation on social media using #WFA19.  

About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Irish entrepreneur and scientist Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech is a cutting-edge technology company in a traditional industry, agriculture. Our products improve the health and nutrition of plants and animals, resulting in more nutritious products for people as well as less impact on the environment. 

With expertise in yeast fermentation, solid state fermentation and the sciences of nutrigenomics and metabolomics, Alltech is a leading producer of yeast additives, organic trace minerals, feed ingredients, premix and feed.

Together, with our more than 5,000 talented team members worldwide, we believe in “Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™.” With the adoption of new technologies, the adaptation of better farm management practices and the ingenuity inherent in the human spirit, we believe a world of abundance could be ours.

Alltech is a private, family-owned company, which allows us to adapt quickly to our customers’ needs and stay focused on advanced innovation. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, USA, Alltech has a strong presence in all regions of the world. For further information, visit www.alltech.com/news. Join us in conversation on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn

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