Upskilling/courses

We offer a range of development opportunities for current and future farmers and rural professionals.

Understanding Your Farming Business

This programme engages women as critical farming partners by building business knowledge, skills
and confidence. In 2019, RMPP is funding 44 programmes for 700 women across NZ. Register here

Women return to their farming business with fresh eyes, participate more fully in decision making and communicate strongly to help create positive change. Funded by RMPP, this four-month workshop series is delivered by Agri-Women's Development Trust (AWDT).

Watch the two videos to learn more about Understanding Your Farming Business (UYFB) and Wāhine Māia Wāhine Whenua (WMWW) - a course designed specifically for Māori women.

Future Focus

Future Focus brings sheep and beef farming partners together to achieve their business goals and aspirations – using a team approach to business planning. Future Focus equips and supports you to decide what’s most important in your future, then use that to plan for your business. It recognises that partners working together is
vital to success.

This two-day programme is a chance to take time out to work purely on your business instead of in your business. Reduce stress and share the load by planning and making decisions together. Future Focus will be back in 2019 - keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for details

Facilitation Training

The Facilitation Training Programme includes the following:

  • Facilitation support training – to give farmers the skills to run small group activities in break out sessions, to assist a lead facilitator.
  • Lead Facilitator training – to provide Rural Professionals new skills to improve how they facilitate groups. This programme covers the art and science of facilitation.
  • RMPP Action Network Fundamentals & Extension Design -  specifically designed for rural professionals and farmers who aspire to be a Connector or Facilitator for RMPP Action Network. This programme covers how to form and run an RMPP Action Group and application of extension skills to extension activity.

Rural Business Network (RBN)

Farmers and rural professionals meet quarterly, through locally based hubs, to engage with an interesting and relevant keynote speaker. The Rural Business Network (RBN), aims to connect with a variety of people involved in the rural sector from farm business to agri-business. This creates an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by others, through networking and socialising. Through the Rural Business Network, businesses are connected across different sectors of the primary industry to share ideas and identify innovative opportunities.