Community Networks and Capacity Building

Community Networks and Capacity Building (CNCB), a component of Australia’s Farming Future, ceased 30 June 2012. It aimed to build the leadership and representative capacity of target groups to strengthen community resilience and the productivity of primary industries.

These groups included: 

  • women
  • young people
  • Indigenous Australians and
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

With increased access to tools and resources, these groups improved their leadership and management skills, increased participation in industry and effectively contributed to government and industry decision making.

Through CNCB the Australian Government supported a number of initiatives that help to achieve these goals.

The Recognising Women Farmers grants offered support for projects that build leadership and representative capacity of women in primary industries — to strengthen primary industry productivity and build rural, regional and remote community resilience to a changing climate.

The Next Gen Farmers grants offered support for projects to improve the leadership and representative capacity of young people entering or involved in primary industries, particularly in the context of the challenges and opportunities in these industries as a result of a changing climate.

The government also supported various activities that aimed to improve the leadership and representative capacity of Indigenous Australians as well as people from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds involved in agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

Support included sponsorship to participate in the Australian Rural leadership program and funding for a project to provide participants with the knowledge to make best practice management decisions and implement practical techniques to increase their resilience to climate change.