From a seed farm in Manitoba to supporting children orphaned in Zambia, Robynne Anderson has dedicated much of her life to agriculture, and to people.
In the late 1980s, Anderson became a special assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister, working on legislation around the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act. Building on her experiences and passion for agriculture, Anderson later launched Issues Ink, and publications like Germination, Seed World and Spud Smart. In 2010, she created Emerging Ag, and remains the president of this issues management consulting firm today.
Anderson is also the co-founder and current chair of the Manyinga School Project, which helps children learn agricultural skills through schools in Zambia.
She was recognized for all her contributions and accomplishments on November 30, as Anderson was formally inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.
RealAgriculture’s own founder, Shaun Haney, had a chance to talk with Anderson about her journey; how it feels to be an inductee into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame; where she’s at now; the similarities and differences between smallholder farms in Africa and large-scale farms in North America; and the role of technology in agriculture.