The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) led the representation of crofters at the Royal Highland Show with the launch of a trans-European gender-equality research project, a vibrant SCF stand and engagement with crofters, officials and other organisations.

Chair of the SCF, Donald MacKinnon, said, “The launch of the ‘Grass Ceiling’ project was not only an enjoyable highlight of this iconic show, but was also very informative. George Burgess, Director of Agriculture and Rural Economy introduced the project and outlined the Scottish Government’s on-going commitment to this vital work with rural women, and Professor Sally Shortall, Newcastle University’s Duke of Northumberland Chair of Rural Economy, gave a very interesting account of how women’s involvement in rural enterprise – including farming and crofting – can be misrepresented by statistics. She emphasised the project’s size – including 25 partners in 9 countries – with the UK being represented by women innovators in the crofting areas and being organised by a collaboration of SCF and Newcastle University. Read more here.


Article by SCF

27 June 2023

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