This February the FeRN organisation, the Food and Education Rural e-Network, was launched to provide a voice for women in the agri-food sector. FeRN is a new voluntary organisation which aims to offer a fresh viewpoint on the UK agri-food industry and will primarily run as a women’s e-organisation, to facilitate communication and debate between members across the UK and Europe.
“We want to be a focal point for all women of all ages working at all levels of the food,
farming and rural sectors – from chief executive to farm secretary, scientist to supermarket buyer, consultant to farmer – to be able to meet, network, discuss and debate the industry they are part of,” explains FeRN chairman Sue Archer.
FeRN’s aim is for members to set-up local and regional networks across the UK. The national office will act as a knowledge exchange hub enabling members to contribute up-to-date opinion, news and information online and by email. The website www.fern-uk.com will be developed over the next few months, so all you women in the food and farming sector go take a look at their website.