Female #FoodHeroes

Jacqui is a Strategic Technology Advisor at Syngenta in Switzerland. She identifies and evaluates biological and precision agriculture technologies innovations which could be impactful for agriculture and sustainable food production.

Why do you love your job?

I am passionate about technology and learning about new opportunities for technology to positively influence agriculture.

How did you get here?

I have a degree and PhD in Chemistry and an MBA. As a PhD scientist I have worked in the industry for 28 years developing new crop protection products and cost-effective technologies to improve productivity in agriculture.

What is your advice for young women wanting to contribute to sustainable food and farming?

Get close to the farmer and find out how food is produced and educate yourself about the challenges facing both the farmer and the agricultural industry in general. Identify those areas where your experience and skills can contribute to make a positive impact and follow your passion.

How does agriculture need to change to be fit for the future?

Agriculture needs to be sustainable for the long-term. This will require us to maintain healthy soils for healthy crops, manage scarce resources such as water, bring solutions to manage food quality, and to have a broad range of technologies to address stresses to the crops and to address labor shortages in a sustainable way.

What’s one challenge you face as a woman in agriculture and what do you think needs to be done to overcome this?

This is still a male dominated industry in many aspects. Companies across the value chain should support an inclusive culture and encourage women to be the very best they can be.

Jacqui is just one of many inspirational women working in agriculture. Visit our Female #FoodHeroes page to hear from other women working to improve plant science and nutrition.