Former NFF president Fiona Simson takes top world farmer role

Sheep Central June 21, 2024

Fiona Simson addressing the National Press Club on her last day as NFF president. Photo: National Press Club

FORMER National Farmers’ Federation president Fiona Simson has been named vice president of the World Farmers Organisation, this week travelling to Rome to accept the new role.

The NFF nominated Ms Simson who was subsequently elected at the WFO General Assembly in Rome.

President David Jochinke, who is in Rome at the event with NFF CEO Tony Mahar, said this was a significant moment for “Team Australia”. It’s believed Ms Simson is the first Australian representative to be elected at this level.

“This elevates the NFF’s voice at the table, ensuring Australian farmers will be heard in international conversations on global agricultural policy and how food and fibre are produced in Australia,” Mr Jochinke said.

“Issues such as climate change, deforestation, animal welfare and agvet chemicals are influencing the policy agendas across the globe. These are all issues of critical concern to Australian farmers and we have to make sure global policymakers and markets understand them in the Australian context.

“The WFO’s growing influence with powerful bodies, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Trade Organization and the United Nations, heightens the need for Australian representation.

“It’s why we are here at the WFO, and to have representation at a high level through Fiona, it gives Australian farmers a powerful platform to influence global ag policy.”

Ms Simson has previously served on the WFO’s women and youth committees, and in the past year has been the Oceania representative on the WFO Board.

Farmers are at the forefront of the big issues facing the world, like climate change, food security and sustainability,” Ms Simson said.

“There are many competing voices on these issues, but it’s critical farmers present a united front and show global policy makers we can be part of the solution.”


Source: NFF



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  1. Andrew Farran, June 21, 2024

    Congratulations to Fiona.

    This is a positive move.

    I hope she may be able to assist the WTO get out of its doldrums.

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