Dept of Agriculture Food Wise 2025

Working Collaboratively

Food Wise 2025 highlights the importance of collaboration and coordination of resources between DAFM, State agencies and other Government Departments.

1. Sustainability Collaboration

  • The Carbon Navigator is a tool developed in a joint venture by Bord Bia and Teagasc, which allows for the measurement and improvement of carbon efficiency on Irish farms. Under the Origin Green programme, almost 800 farms per week are audited using the Carbon Navigator tool.
  • The DAFM-funded Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme is being progressed through a collaborative industry proposal to improve water quality.
  • BIM, with support from the Marine Institute and in collaboration with the Sea Food Protection Authority is intensifying its programme of gear selectivity and technical conservation measures, particularly to fulfil landing obligation requirements.

2. Human Capital collaboration:

  • The Cheese Institute is a multi-tier initiative which was rolled out in 2015 and was designed by Bord Bia in collaboration with Teagasc. Cheese Institute Starter focuses on micro enterprise operators and the 2016 programme is underway. Cheese Institute Advanced commences in September 2016 and will focus on enhancing operational capability, market insight and management know-how.
  • Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia are collaborating with industry on the development of a pilot support programme for agri-food companies to support overseas business development initiatives.

3. Competitiveness collaboration:

  • BIM, Bord Bia and Enterprise Ireland are working collaboratively to scale up companies in the pelagic, whitefish and shellfish sectors and to bring a number of companies to PLC level.
  • DAFM through the Dairy Forum in collaboration with Teagasc, co-ops and the main banks, have developed a coordinated approach to engaging dairy farmers in cash flow and financial management training.

4. Market Development collaboration:

  • DAFM led the first ever dedicated trade mission with Bord Bia and Enterprise Ireland to Africa visiting Ghana, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo in December. DAFM also led a trade mission to US in September for promotion of food and in particular beef.
  • Bord Bia partners with SuperValu and the Local Enterprise Offices on Food Academy and on Taste Buds with Tesco.
  • Industry and state agencies are working collaboratively to develop an Irish Whiskey and food pairing trail as a major tourist attraction and to differentiate Irish food and drink produce.

5. Innovation collaboration:

  • Food Works, the food entrepreneurship programme focused on high-potential start-ups, is undertaken on behalf of Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, who collectively run and support the programme.
  • Teagasc in collaboration with relevant Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and others are researching emerging precision technologies, data analytics, sensor technology, DNA technology and possibilities for mining big data to improve decision making, availing of existing resources and capabilities.
  • DAFM, Enterprise Ireland and other research funders are working collaboratively to implement Sustainable Healthy Agri-Food Research Plan (SHARP) with oversight from National Agri-food Research and Innovation Group (NAFRI).
  • DAFM has engaged with Enterprise Ireland on the detailed description of needs developed for the Prepared Consumer Food sector and with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Health Research Board (HRB) on ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ (HDHL) Implementation Plan.