Women in Agriculture and Business of SA Inc.
A South Australian state-wide support and communication network for rural women, especially those interested or involved in primary industries. Referred to as WAB, it has a network of branches from the west coast, lower and mid north, riverland and upper and lower south east supporting some 250 members. Branches usually meet monthly to work on community projects, to discuss wider issues or perhaps to conduct or attend workshops of an educational or cultural nature.
Friendship is an important part of WAB meetings.
WAB was formed at Riverton in 1917 to meet the needs of women who were isolated, and who were working with their families to establish farms and homes in rural districts. From those early days, WAB has had close links with the Agricultural Bureau and various government Agriculture agencies.
WAB is also affiliated with Associated Country Women of the World which has links with the United Nations. It is also affiliated with the National Council of Women South Australia.
The State Conference is hosted in turn by WAB Regions by a branch from that region. Regional Gatherings/Meetings are held each year in each of the four regions
Details of Regional meetings will be posted on the Events page as they become available.
Every year WAB chooses a theme. Branches are encouraged to promote the theme through activities and events.
The Theme for 2020/21 is Getting Back to Basics
Country of Study
Each year WAB chooses a country of study. This is used in planning the speakers and activities for the year. Regional meetings and State Conference also promote the country of study.
In 2020/21, the WAB Country of Study will be Benin (Central Western Africa) or Lesotho (Southern Africa). Members will learn about the history, culture and the environment of these countries.
Historically WAB has chosen an organisation from within Australia or overseas to support annually. Branches learn about the organisation throughout the year and the work it does. WAB Branches raise funds to donate to the project at the State Conference. The 020/21 project is Guide Dogs SA/NT