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Anika Molesworth

Farmer, Scientist, Storyteller, Australian National University

Anika is a farmer, scientist and storyteller.

She is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming, environmental conservation and climate change action. Hailing from her family’s sheep station near Broken Hill, far western NSW, it was the impact of decade-long Millennium drought on her farm that spurred her interest in climate change, and how to ensure sustainable and vibrant farming landscapes into the future.

Anika is an agricultural science researcher, communicator and works in international agricultural development. She is a founding director of Farmers for Climate Action, a movement that puts farmers on the frontlines of climate change at the centre of climate solutions. She writes frequently on her own website Climate Wise Agriculture, and is a prominent youth voice in rural Australia with the Youth Voices Leadership Team.

With a keen interest in communicating how farmers are tackling our greatest global challenges – Anika uses her scientific background and lived on-farm experience to engage a wide audience. In addition to a large social media following, Anika appears frequently on radio, in newspapers and magazines, and on television. With persistent energy to spread awareness to a wide audience, Anika engages people to the farming story with warmth, honesty and compelling storytelling.


  • 2022–present
    Honorary, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions


  • 2020 
    Deakin University, PhD Agriculture and Environmental Management
  • 2015 
    Charles Sturt University, Master of Sustainable Agriculutre
  • 2010 
    Charles Sturt University, Bachelor of Science (Agribusiness)


  • 2021
    Agronomy, Evaluating Strategies to Improve Water Availability and Lateral Root Growth of Plants Grown in the Rice-Growing Lowlands of the Lower Mekong Basin
  • 2020
    Field Crops Research, Balancing rice and non-rice crops: managing the risks from soil constraints in mainland Southeast Asian rice systems
  • 2016
    Food Australia, Adapting to a changing landscape


2015 Young Farmer of the Year; 2017 Young Australian of the Year NSW Finalist; 2017 NSW Young Achiever Award for Environment and Sustainability; 2018 Green Globe Awards Young Sustainability Champion; 2018 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Award for Agricultural Innovation; 2019 Women of Style Future Shapers Award; 2019 Australian Financial Review Woman of Influence.