Leadership qualities can be innate – but can also be fostered in the right environment. For the future prosperity of New Zealand agriculture, a collaborative approach that identifies and develops a wide range of leaders will be vital.
We already have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sector; we don't have to wait for the next generation for great things to happen.
Populations are increasing, resources are being depleted, uncertainty in food production is escalating, and food security – access to enough – is a global issue.
We’re trying to ride a wave of the future – but empty slogans alone won’t get us there. Professor Jacqueline Rowarth suggests we loosen the purse strings.
Farmers occupy a strange position, writes Jacqueline Rowarth: recognised for their key role in the economy, yet blamed for rising food prices and environmental impacts.