Nuffield International Newsletters and other items
Current and back issue copies of the Nuffield International Newsletter as well as miscellaneous reports and other items relevant to the activities of Nuffield International, are posted to this page. To read and/or download Scholars reports use the reports link above.
12/07/2021 - 2022 NUFFIELD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!
Monday 12 July 2021
Nuffield International has opened applications for 2022 scholarships, and farmers and agricultural professionals are strongly encouraged to apply.
This year, more than 10 scholarships are available to those typically between the ages of 25 and 45, directly engaged in the agriculture industry from countries including the USA, Japan, Chile, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Zimbabwe.
Argentina and Germany are the latest countries to offer Nuffield International Scholarships and Nuffield International CEO Jodie Redcliffe says that it is a unique opportunity for individuals to develop their skills, gain knowledge and build capacity.
“Although unable to travel globally yet as a result of the COVID pandemic, recent Nuffield Scholars have still had access to a strong network of like-minded people through webinars and virtual Global Focus Programs, showcasing examples of innovation to assist these scholars gain knowledge and become leaders in their field”, said Mrs Redcliffe.
“In addition to generous scholarship investment by a range of global agribusinesses, Nuffield International is also being supported by the Chris Reichstein Philanthropy Fund, generously donated by 2014 Australian Scholar Chris Reichstein to invest in regional and rural individuals in developing countries”.
The global network through this expansive program provides scholars the chance to grow, implement operational changes at a business level and share new knowledge with other producers and the wider industry.
Aaron De Long, a 2021 Scholar from Pennsylvania in the USA, explains his scholarship journey so far.
“The virtual webinars and tours this year to countries including Brazil, the Netherlands and Ireland have been excellent and have given me good connections that I will be able to build on when I start travelling to complete my research in 2022.
“I applied for a Nuffield Scholarship because my partner and I were launching a business focused on strengthening our local food system through shortening supply chains, and I was confident there would be lessons I could carry back to our business, our local community and the wider agricultural industry.
“Already my thinking has been challenged with a diversity of information, and I am looking forward to continuing this Nuffield journey in the months ahead.”
Applications for the 2022 program are now open so visit the "Scholarship" page on this website to apply.
Applications will close on 22 October, interviews will take place in November, successful candidates announced in December and the scholarship commences in 2022.
29/03/2021 - Brazil becomes a Full Member and Germany is Launched
Nuffield International is pleased to announce further development of the global farming scholarships brand by welcoming Nuffield International Farming Brazil as a full member country, and the introduction of Nuffield International Germany Associate as a new Associate Nuffield country.
Nuffield International Farming Brazil
Nuffield Brazil had its genesis in 2013 and in 2017, the Nuffield International Brazil Associate was formally created. It has now become a full Nuffield member country and the organisation strives to promote and meet the objectives of Nuffield International by funding scholarships for farmers and agricultural professionals in Brazil. It has 50 members that are agricultural leaders in multiple sectors with a strong desire to help and promote Brazilian agriculture and the exchange with other leaders around the world.
Murilo Bettarello, President of Nuffield Brazil and a 2017 Scholar who studied how digital technology can help producers, is looking forward to expanding Nuffield across Brazil.
“Nuffield International has awarded 14 scholarships to Brazilian agriculturalists since 2015 and we are driven to build on this and to develop the future leaders of the agricultural industry”.
“We have spent recent years raising awareness of the Nuffield scholarship program, and identifying investors such as Castrolanda, Bom Futuro, Nufarm, Biotrigo Genetica, Stara and Cooper Fibra. With their generous support, and a fantastic team around us, we look forward to growing Nuffield here in Brazil to develop more local, national and global thought leaders”.
Brazil becomes the ninth Nuffield member country alongside the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, France, The Netherlands and Zimbabwe.
Nuffield International Germany Associate
The Board of Nuffield International is also delighted to announce that Germany has officially become an Associate Nuffield country.
In recent years, Germany has been an integral part of the Nuffield Global Focus Program, hosting scholars to showcase the best of German agriculture and led by Stefan Teepker, a broiler, pig, cropping and energy production farmer.
2017 Dutch Nuffield Scholar Roland van Asten is based in Germany, and he and Stefan will oversee the new Association. He is a pig, biogas, cropping, solar power, sheep and beef producer in both Germany and the Netherlands.
Roland and Stefan are supported by Henriette Keuffel, the first Ambassador of Nuffield International Germany Associate who participated in the 2020 Contemporary Scholars Conference in Australia. Henriette works for the Forum Moderne Landwirtschaft as Project Manager of the German ‘AgrarScouts’ public relations and communications program in Eastern Germany.
The team is also supported by Andreas Liebel, a Bavarian State Agricultural Advisor.
Roland van Asten is confident that Nuffield Farming in Germany has a strong future ahead.
“We have a roadmap for the next 12 months, we have outlined a sustainable budget, and we are working towards identifying potential scholarship or ambassador investors and awarding the first scholarship in 2022.
The Board of Nuffield International would like to congratulate both Nuffield Brazil and Nuffield International Germany Associate on their expansion and enthusiasm to grow the Nuffield brand internationally.
17/12/2020 - Announcing the 2021 Nuffield International Scholars
Nuffield International Farming Scholars is pleased to announce its newest Scholars for 2021. Seven farmers and agri-professionals from Brazil, the USA, Chile and Japan are successful applicants who join 22 other Nuffield International Scholars as part of a unique global network. These agriculturalists will spend 14 weeks traveling to explore production agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural policy, and related topics around the world. Find out more via the "Scholarships" tab on this website.
03/12/2020 - ANNOUNCING THE EXPANSION OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH BAYER
Nuffield International and Bayer announced today that the strategic partnership between the two organizations will continue into 2021, with Bayer stepping up as a Global Strategic Partner, and also a new Nuffield International Scholarship Investor.
Over the past 12 months, the Nuffield and Bayer partnership has created mutual value for both global organizations and built upon each other’s reach and scale. “The partnership with Bayer has provided an opportunity to inform, educate, and network collaboratively to create action, and it’s designed to spur engagement beyond agriculture in ways that influence consumers, policy makers, and others with science-based, practical insight to feed a growing world,” said Jodie Redcliffe, Nuffield International CEO. “Bayer’s global reach and focus on innovation makes it easy to find synergies where we can work together.”
In 2020, the Global Strategic Partnership investment saw Bayer directly involved in a number of virtual presentations and workshops with all 2020 global scholars at the Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC), in Australia in March. Bayer also enabled Youth Ag Summit winner Maycon Santos to attend the CSC and share his insights on Bayer’s behalf. Throughout the year, there have been regular opportunities for Bayer and Nuffield Scholars to participate in mutually beneficial virtual events, surveys and information exchanges. In turn, Bayer has worked with Nuffield leadership and scholars on getting access to company leadership, sharing emerging company news and featuring Nuffield voices in Bayer content.
Christi Dixon, Agriculture Engagement and Advocacy Manager with Bayer’s Crop Science Division, says that in 2021, Bayer will expand its partnership further, supporting a 2021 Nuffield International Scholar.
“This additional investment ensures we are directly investing in the growth of a young emerging agricultural leader by encouraging them to identify new innovations to shape the future of agriculture,” Dixon said. “Bayer recognizes that leaders in agriculture, especially farmers and producers, need their voices heard in important discussions about food and agriculture. Nuffield Scholars, through their extensive global network, can raise their voices locally, nationally and internationally and are well positioned to tackle global agricultural challenges while pursuing their passions for continuous improvement.”
Bayer representatives will participate in Nuffield International’s virtual and in-person tours, events and workshops as they unfold in 2021, as well as directly supporting the travel program of a 2021 Bayer Nuffield International Scholar.
This continued partnership will also help provide broader awareness of the Nuffield International program by connecting scholars with opportunities to attend and engage in important forums around the world.
For more information on Nuffield International, visit www.nuffieldinternationalscholars.org; and for more information on Bayer’s Crop Science Division, visit www.cropscience.bayer.com
06/07/2020 - APPLICATIONS OPEN: 2021 Nuffield International Farming Scholarships
Monday 6 July 2020
Nuffield International Farming Scholars has opened applications for 2021 scholarships, and farmers and agricultural professionals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Prospective Nuffield Scholars are people in agriculture with a desire to explore the global industry and find new best practices and insights they can bring back home with them. Nuffield Scholars are typically between the ages of 25 and 45, with direct engagement in the agriculture industry.
Nuffield International Interim CEO Jodie Redcliffe says that it is a unique global network of farmers and agri-professionals that focuses on personal capacity building, and local, national, and global thought leadership.
“Whether scholars are investigating production agriculture, financial and succession planning topics, market trends, or communications and outreach efforts, scholars dig into a topic of interest to them and of value to the industry”.
“It is through this unique journey that they become experts in their area of study, and an invaluable resource to those around them”.
“Nuffield is a conduit of cross-fertilisation, enabling the mixing of people and ideas from around the world to connect, enhance innovation and technology and ensure a more sustainable and profitable industry,” said Ms Redcliffe.
The global network through this expansive program provides Nuffield Scholars with the opportunity to grow personally, implement operational changes at a business level, and share new knowledge with other producers and the wider agricultural sector.
Susan Garey, a 2019 Scholar from the USA explains the benefits of a scholarship.
“There is no better way to broaden your experience and transform your way of thinking than a Nuffield Scholarship”.
“You’ll meet some of the most insightful people who will challenge you, and you will be exposed to things only the Nuffield network can enable.”
Applications for the 2021 program are now open and due by 23 October 2020. Interviews will take place in locations around the world in November. Selected Nuffield International Scholars will be announced in December 2020 and the scholarship commences in 2021.
With a program history that dates back to 1947, Nuffield Scholars are globally recognised leaders in agriculture. Up to 75 Nuffield Scholars are selected annually across more than ten countries, providing each participant with personal capacity building experiences through global travel and networking, as well as focused individual research efforts.
Through the Nuffield International program, agriculturalists can connect with the program’s 1,800 alumni and engage with innovators around the world. Countries with active Nuffield Farming Scholars programs include the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and USA.
Approximately seven scholarships are available and more details are on the 'Scholarship' page of this website.
21/05/2020 - New Partnership Announced with World Farmers Organisation (WFO)
WFO announces strategic partnership with Nuffield International
Rome, Italy, May 21, 2020 - The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) and Nuffield International Farming Scholars have joined forces to strengthen the voice of young farmers in the global agenda on agriculture by implementing joint capacity building actions for future farming leaders.
Education is at the centre of all professional experiences, and soft skills acquisition and intellectual capital management are crucial for succeeding in a highly intense, competitive environment requiring a diverse knowledge and high-level specialisation.
Both organisations recognise the critical role of younger generations for an effective and sustainable transformation of food systems and promote the importance of education and professional growth and development of young farmers.
"Young farmers of the world present a huge goldmine that can provide the solution to the main challenges of the 21st century. It is of utmost importance that young farmers understand their role in shaping the future of agriculture. To this extent, in 2017, we launched, in close partnership with Bayer, the Gymnasium. Now at its second edition, the Gymnasium is a high-level capacity building programme aimed at training young farmers to make them become future leaders in the agricultural sector " said Theo De Jager in his capacity of the WFO President.
Jodie Redcliffe, Interim CEO of Nuffield International and CEO of Nuffield Australia, highlights the synergies between both organisations in this new partnership.
"The mission of the World Farmers Organisation is to bring farmers’ voices to the global dialogue on agriculture, and how it intersects with community and sustainability, Ms Redcliffe said.
“At Nuffield, we inspire individuals to make a difference in the world of agriculture by providing scholarships to challenge thinking, encourage innovation, and ensure knowledge transfer, both locally and globally across primary industries. We look forward to working closely with WFO to achieve our shared objectives”.
Under the new agreement, WFO and Nuffield International have committed to implementing joint capacity building actions for future farming leaders, as well as influencing and encouraging governments and policymakers to acknowledge young farmers as crucial actors in the global agenda on agriculture.
The first partnership activity will include a Nuffield/WFO Webinar on Wednesday 27 May, featuring WFO Secretary General Arianna Giuliodori, who will share the work of the WFO to Nuffield Scholars around the world, including their Gymnasium program and The Climakers.
This new partnership represents the beginning of a fruitful joint path towards achievements and results for young farmers.
For more information, please contact:
Valeria Di Marzo
WFO | O.M.A.
Program Operations Manager
The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) is a member-based association, bringing together national farmers’ organizations and agricultural cooperatives from all over the world. The WFO mission is to represent the farmers’ voice and advocate on their behalf in all relevant international processes affecting their present and their future, ranging from the global dialogue on agriculture to nutrition and sustainability. This includes Climate Change negotiations (COP), Committee on World Food Security (CFS), United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai Framework), IFAD’s farmers’ forum, AMR debate (OIE, FAO, WHO), trade (WTO), and many more.
Nuffield International’s mission consists of inspiring people to make a difference in the world of agriculture. This work is done by developing the individuals in agriculture who will shape the future of agriculture and our local and global communities. A non-profit organization with a global footprint, Nuffield International encompasses nine member countries (Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe). In addition, Nuffield International leads efforts to support the engagement of the program into new countries ( Brazil, Chile, Japan, South Africa, and the United States of America), to continually expand this unique opportunity to other agriculturists from all over the world.
06/04/2020 - Meet the 2020 Nuffield International Scholars
Four new Nuffield International Scholars have been named, and Nuffield Japan Associate announces their first Scholar
Nuffield International is pleased to announce the selection of four farmers and agri-professionals from Brazil, Chile, Japan and Zimbabwe to participate in the Nuffield program. These individuals join 70 other 2020 Nuffield Scholars from eight other member nations.
As Nuffield Scholars, these agriculturalists will spend 16-weeks traveling to explore production agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural policy, and related topics around the world. The 2020 Nuffield International Scholars are:
1) Ingrid Caron, from Goias in Brazil, receives a scholarship supported by TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture. She will research food production in a sustainable and efficient manner to feed the population. She will also seek intangible benefits of certification programs from different industries, such as improvement of production management systems, development of local communities and those involved in production systems. This will provide the tools for better communication, the aim to understand, compare and explore from “inside the gate” to society.
2) Antonio Bunster Zegers is an agronomist and winemaker in central Chile. This scholarship is made possible by an investment from TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture and Exportaciones Meyer Limitada. Antonio manages a mixed operation with 30 hectares of cherries and a grass-fed beef cattle herd. He also started a small-scale winemaking project, sourcing grapes from centuries-old, dry farmed vines. Antonio plans on exploring how impoverished communities can be bolstered through multi-sectorial approaches to support agriculture, winemaking, and tourism. He and his wife have a young daughter
3) Shota Morigami is a first-generation farmer in the Kyoto region, and the first Nuffield International Scholar from Japan. Shoto runs two agricultural operations: Agri Shonoya, a 12-hectare farm growing green onions and Kyonegi Samurai, an agribusiness focused on selling produce. He will explore marketing all over the world. His intention is to focus on Japanese restaurants overseas, investigating how Japanese agriculture and foods are promoted and received globally. This inaugural scholarship in Japan is supported by Norinchukin Bank. He and his wife have three children
4) Ranga Huruba aims to improve communal and small-scale beef production in Zimbabwe. Ranga’s family owns a small parcel of land inherited from his grandfather where they are practising small-scale cattle ranching. He has a background in rangeland ecology and currently doing his PhD in the same field while working for Debshan Ranch as Research Manager. Debshan is a cattle and game ranch that has embraced holistic management for production sustainability and system resilience. Ranga’s scholarship is supported by Nufarm, Driptech, Dudutech and Nuffield International.
31/03/2020 - Jim Geltch AM, to retire as CEO from Nuffield International
Jim Geltch AM, 1986 Australian Nuffield Scholar and Chief Executive Officer of Nuffield International, has formally retired, effective 1 April 2020.
Jim has served in this current role since 2016, and prior to that, served as CEO of Nuffield Australia, a position he held from November 2005.
During Jim’s tenure at Nuffield International, his remit was to expand the scholarship program beyond the current seven Nuffield countries. This meant identifying potential investors and candidates for the program around the world, as well as managing the application process, selections and international study program for Nuffield International Scholars.
Since 2016, 22 scholarships have been awarded through Nuffield International, representing countries including Belgium, Brazil, Chile, the United States and South Africa. This year, Nuffield International has also awarded its first scholarship to a scholar in Japan.
Chair of Nuffield International Andrew Fowler, 2000 Scholar from Western Australia, thanked Jim for his unwavering dedication and passion for Nuffield.
“Jim epitomises what Nuffield stands for, with a passion, work ethic and determination to see this organisation develop to offer even more young agriculturalists the opportunity to travel the world studying a topic of relevance to their industry,” he said.
“He has always been driven to develop and inspire leadership in individuals in agriculture and sees Nuffield as a highly regarded network of leaders whose insight is sought around the world”.
“He leaves an indelible impact on all Nuffield Scholars he has fostered over the past 15 years”.
A farmer and Nuffield Scholar himself, Jim simultaneously operates, with his sons, a farming operation in Victoria. He undertook his scholarship in 1986 to explore farmer education, advances in irrigation technology and computer-based crop modelling in Europe and Israel.
Jim was also awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2001 for service to primary industry in the field of irrigated agriculture and promotion of agricultural research and education. In 2018, he was awarded the ‘Rabobank Leadership Award’, recognising the “fundamentally important” role he has played developing upcoming leadership in the Australian and New Zealand food, beverage and agribusiness sectors.
Jim is married to Helen and they have four sons; Mark, Paul, Neil and David.
Nuffield International can announce that 2013 Scholar and CEO of Nuffield Australia, Jodie Redcliffe, has been appointed Interim CEO of Nuffield International, with support from UK Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust Director Mike Vacher as CFO and Company Secretary.
Jodie Redcliffe, Interim CEO, Nuffield International
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Nuffield International recently announced an investment made by Bayer to be a Global Strategic Partner. The Bayer partnership will focus on supporting Nuffield International events like the annual Contemporary Scholars Conference and Triennial, and will work to ensure that Nuffield Scholars are able to participate in local and global conversations about farming, food, and agricultural production and policy.
27/09/2019 - New Nuffield International Scholar Report Released -
Murilo Betterallo, a 2017 Nuffield International Scholar from Brazil, recently completed his report outlining his travels and exploration on agtech and innovation around the world. Read his report to find out what is happening on the agtech front how farmers can better engage in the digital revolution.
A group of Nuffield Farming Scholars and guests participated in a 24-day excursion to explore agriculture, agribusiness, policy, and culture in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. You can read more about the event, including two first-hand narratives about the trip and some great photos from tour stops.
Details on the 2020 Nuffield International Farming Scholars program are now available with Chinese translation. A version of the application with Chinese translation is also now posted on the website.
The application is now open for candidates interested in being a 2020 Nuffield International Farming Scholar. Application deadline is 30 September 2019.
Nuffield Scholars continue to advocate for agriculture at the global level, with Simon Mattsson (Nuffield Australia) and Luciano Loman (Nuffield International Brazil) participating in the UNEA-4 forum in Nairobi in March. This marks the first time Nuffield Farming Scholars have been part of this event. More information on the event and insight from Simon and Luciano is available through this report.
01/01/2019 - January 2019 Nuffield International Newsletter
The latest issue of the Nuffield International newsletter is now available. Catch up on the latest happenings around the world with Nuffield International!
28/12/2018 - 2019 Nuffield International Farming Scholars Named
Nuffield International is please to announce the selection of five farmers and agri-professionals from Brazil, Chile, and the United States of America to participate in the Nuffield Farming Scholars program. These individuals will join 70 other 2019 Nuffield Scholars from eight other member nations, including the first Nuffield Scholar from Zimbabwe since 2002.
Click on the link to read about news and activities happening with Nuffield New Zealand Scholars!
Nuffield International Farming Scholars and the Global Forum for Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) have just announced a new partnership between the two groups. Nuffield International is the over-arching umbrella organization for the Nuffield Farming Scholars program, and inspires people to make a difference in the world of agriculture.
With more than 1700 Nuffield Scholars around the world, it is an expansive network of production and thought leaders who are spurring change in agriculture - at home and abroad. GFAR is a multi-stakeholder global forum on agricultural research and innovation whose open, voluntary nature allows participants to share and create new knowledge to effect change.
Through the partnership, the reports completed by Nuffield Scholars will be part of the GFAR network, and Nuffield Scholars will be able to connect with other individuals and organizations within the GFAR network.
Nuffield Farming Scholars in Zimbabwe is looking for farmers and agri-professionals to apply to explore global agriculture and become part of the re-activated Nuffield Scholars program in that country.
As an outcome of his 2015 Nuffield Scholarship, Australian viticulturist Andy Clarke has launched a new website, The Dirt Dude, which features a series of interviews with unique leaders in agriculture around the world. Recently, Andy interviewed Dr. Jean Lonie, Nuffield International relationship manager, about her research exploring the public value of the Nuffield International Farming Scholars program.
You can watch the interview to hear more about the Nuffield experience and its meaning and significance to Nuffield Scholars, their home operations, communities, and the larger agriculture industry.
Nuffield International Farming Scholars invited to attend, participate in United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 2018 Plenary Session in Rome, Italy, October 2018
28/06/2018 - Scholar Jean Lonie earns doctorate
2018 Nuffield Scholar Jean Lonie has been approved as earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural and Extension Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Jean focused on exploring the public value of the Nuffield International Farming Scholars Program as part of her dissertation in agricultural and extension education.
05/10/2017 - Got a spare 15 minutes?
A short documentary by Simon Mattsson to help inspire practice change across industries.
Food producers the world over face increasingly complex challenges that require uncommon partnerships in their efforts to sustain a growing world population and ensure agriculture is an active player in the achievement of the SDGs.
01/08/2017 - Georgie Cartanza Breaks New Ground
Late last year, Georgie, who has worked for Perdue Foods and Mountaire Farms and raises organic chickens for Coleman Natural Foods, became the poultry extension agent for the University of Delaware. Just two weeks after taking that position, she became the rst—and only—American to win a prestigious Nu eld International Farming Scholarship.
05/07/2017 - 2017 UK Triennial Conference
The 2017 Nuffield International Triennial Conference shone a two-week spotlight on British farming, food and rural enterprise, with a programme of visits and events to showcase the very ‘Best of British’ in farming, food, technology and our diversified rural landscape.