Anika Molesworth

PhD Candidate, Deakin University

Anika is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures, Deakin University.

Anika 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.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Deakin University

Education

  • 2015 
    Charles Sturt University, Master of Sustainable Agriculutre
  • 2010 
    Charles Sturt University, Bachelor of Science (Agribusiness)

Publications

  • 2020
    Field Crops Research, Balancing rice and non-rice crops: managing the risks from soil constraints in mainland Southeast Asian rice systems

Honours

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.