[9 October/ New Zealand Herald]

The Understanding Your Farming Business course funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Primary Growth Partnership Programme and run by the Agri-Women’s Development Trust has developed the skills, knowledge and confidence of over 650 farming women since 2014. RMPP’s Project Manager for People Capability, Diane Falconer, said research showed women who had completed the course were more actively contributing to their farming businesses. The study also showed that over two-thirds of the women were confident in introducing a new idea for their farming business. Over half said they were now comparing their financial performance against industry benchmarks. Executive Director for the Agri-Women’s Development Trust, Lindy Nelson, said there was substantial evidence of enhanced farming financial literacy and decisions to run farming businesses more efficiently.