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Tasmanian Women in Agriculture

Tasmanian Women in Agriculture (TWiA) members are mothers, wives, partners in farms and fishing, and managers of agribusinesses. Many of them also work in towns and support rural communities with services and resources. TWiA members have links with primary production and understand problems affecting rural families. They see themselves as, and are proud to be, rural women.

TWiA is a voluntary, non-political, independent and grass roots organisation that recognises the needs and aspirations of people involved in agriculture, business and living in rural communities, in particular women and their families in Tasmania. TWiA formed in 1994, from a gathering of over 140 women from around the state, they now have a membership base of 1,000 and growing.

In fact, their greatest asset is their ability to respond to the opportunities and issues affecting farming families. The organisation increasingly has input into agricultural policy and practice in Tasmania.

Already TWiA has made great gains for rural women and for the broader industry. Tasmanian Women in Agriculture’s short-term goals may change from year-to-year, but in the long term the organisation aims to:

  • Raise the profile of agriculture as a forward-thinking and vibrant industry that is vital to the Tasmanian economy.
  • Encourage women involved in the industry to realise their full potential and to support those who wish to be part of decision-making beyond the farm gate.
  • Provide a forum to gain knowledge and understanding about what is happening in agriculture at state, national and international levels.
  • Be acknowledged as a legitimate voice where advice and input is sought on relevant issues by government and industry organisations.
  • Make comment, when necessary, on issues affecting rural women and farming families.They operate at all levels with informal Regional Groups across the state and a State Executive. The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment assists the organisation by providing strategic support to the organisation and mentoring.

Website:     Tasmanian Women in Agriculture