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Australian farmers join Global Master Class to help meet growing world food demand

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article image Lockwood Valley poultry business owner and manager Rod Fenwick

Global agribusiness banking specialist, Rabobank  recently organised the first Global Farmers Master Class in the Netherlands for 50 leading-edge primary producers from around the world.

Based on the theme ‘The rise of the rural entrepreneur’, the Master Class focussed on the challenges facing the world’s farmers to sustainably grow in order to meet global food production demands.

The week-long education program brought together 50 leading farmers from 16 key food producing and agriculture-oriented countries around the world and also included a select group of Australian farmers and agribusiness operators. The program was attended by producers from countries as diverse as the United States, Ireland, Brazil, Rwanda, Zambia, Chile, Germany, Paraguay and New Zealand.

Lockwood Valley poultry business owner and manager Rod Fenwick from Victoria, who participated in the event, said he was ‘overwhelmed and thoroughly impressed’ by the calibre of the international farmers who attended the Global Farming Master Class.

According to Mr Fenwick, the program had some fascinating debates on sustainability, productivity and policy covering all the issues and opportunities facing agriculture globally.

The Global Farming Master Class was modelled on Rabobank’s local Executive Development Program, a business management program for leading-edge farmers successfully run by the bank in Australia and New Zealand for the past 13 years.

Key sessions were held on innovation in agriculture, chain management, sustainability and succession, delivered through interactive presentations, class discussions, working groups and case studies by leading global researchers, senior business executives and industry experts. The program also included site and farm visits as well as a farm stay.

Mr Fenwick added that the program provided a platform to establish connections with producers from around the world, which would going forward, help all participants collaborate and form partnerships to seek agribusiness opportunities as well as share technology.

Rabobank group executive – Country Banking Neil Dobbin commented that a key focus of the Master Class was on knowledge-exchange of best practice between some of the leading farmers in the world to help address challenges such as doubling food production sustainably.

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