About the GGA

What is the GGA?

The Grower Group Alliance (GGA) is a farmer-driven, funded project connecting grower groups, research organisations and agribusiness network across WA.

The Grower Group Alliance project was developed in 2002 by grower groups and is managed by an advisory committee with representation from grower groups, research organisations and private agribusiness. It was funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) from 2002 – 2013. The GGA is now proudly supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development through Royalties for Regions.

The GGA Project is managed and supported by Grain Industry Association of WA. GGA staff sit within the GIWA office.

The GGA is supervised by a Strategic Advisory Group.

Project Aim

The Grower Group Alliance project will connect grower groups with the relevant people, information and skills to lead agricultural RD&E, and increase opportunities to maximise the productivity and profitability of WA farmers, and the competitiveness of the State’s agrifood sector.

Project Outcomes

  1. To increase the capabilities of grower groups across all primary production industries in WA, to be able to lead, and effectively engage in, agricultural RD&E programs and processes through a range of targeted activities. Activities will include annual networking events, targeted and comprehensive communications program; operational and governance support and training; extension and communications support and training; and stakeholder mapping for improved engagement.
  2. To develop economic and supply chain focus to support a substantial increase in the value of primary production, as a result of stakeholder participation in agricultural RD&E programs. The project will achieve this output through developing effective linkages through the supply chain; highlighting success stories through webinars and case studies; and undertaking a two year study to investigate the social and economic impact of grower groups to their members, funders and community.
  3. Investigate and implement a new business model that will secure the capability of the organisation to lead agricultural RD&E in WA post February 2019. This will be achieved through business model reviews, strategic planning and stakeholder consultation.

GGA Members

Grower groups in the GGA network are independent, self-directed, and predominately comprised of broadacre grain and livestock enterprises. They are community based groups of farmers who focus on production and environmental issues at a local and regional level.

The groups are located throughout the West Australian wheatbelt from Binnu in the north, Bodallin in the east, and Esperance in the south east of the state.

To view the criteria for joining the GGA, please click here. You can also access the GGA Member Group Profile Template here.

 Benefits for Growers

  • Support from a statewide network
  • Improved sharing of information and resources between groups
  • Identification of collaborative project opportunities with researchers and industry
  • Increased ability to address important local and regional issues
  • Skill development through tailored training

Benefits for Partners

  • Access to a statewide grower group network
  • A central point of contact to reach grower groups
  • Coordinated participation by groups in research projects
  • Opportunity to add value and impact to research and extension activities
  • Raise profile of existing work

 

The GGA also underwent an independent evaluation in 2009, which included focus group workshops, and interviews with groups and related organisations. For a copy of the report, please click here.