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New project supports rural Alberta women entrepreneurs

Online survey open until Feb. 29

A new initiative aims to identify barriers faced by rural Alberta women entrepreneurs in the regional food economy and then develop a pilot project to help overcome them.

“Participating in regional food systems not only creates economic growth for a region, but also provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to create value-added food adding to the long-term sustainability of their business,” said Bryanna Kumpula, executive director of the Agriculture & Food Council

A research project called Success for Women in Agri-food (#S4WAg) will begin by assessing — through surveys, interviews, and focus groups — the current situation facing women involved in agriculture, food entrepreneurship, and policy development. It will then help develop a pilot project to “help more rural Alberta women become successfully engaged in the regional food and agriculture economy and policy discussions.”

The Ministry of Status of Women Canada is supporting the project. For more info, see agfoodcouncil.com/s4wag. An online survey is open to Feb. 29.

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