Anika splits her life between her family’s arid outback sheep station in Far Western NSW, her PhD crop trials in Griffith NSW, and lush green rice paddies in Southeast Asia working as a researcher in international agricultural development.
She was awarded the 2015 Young Farmer of the Year, 2017 NSW Finalist for Young Australian of the Year, and the Green Globe Award for Young Sustainability Champion.
Anika is a director of Farmers for Climate Action, a movement that puts farmers on the front lines of climate change and at the front and centre of the solutions. Farmers for Climate Action was founded three years ago and is now a movement of 5,000 farmers across Australia taking action behind and beyond the farm gate. Anika connects land managers to researchers through her platform Climate Wise Agriculture. Climate Wise Agriculture shares this knowledge in order to transfer best practices and drive strategy so as to achieve climate-resilient and sustainable agricultural industries.
Anika is part of the Youth Voices Leadership Team, which sees the Young Farming Champions program take the next step from leadership development to leadership practice roles. We know that youth may only be 20% of the population but they are 100% of the future. By empowering young people with tools and skills to thrive, the individual will strengthen the collective, and therefore good leaders will be committed to create a sense of connection and collaboration.
Anika is passionate about sharing the story of agriculture, and has done this through a TEDx presentation, speaking with the Duke of Sussex and meeting Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, and later this year will join the Homeward Bound leadership team in Antarctica.