The theme of Food Wise 2025 is “Local Roots, Global Reach” , reflecting the importance of gaining a deep understanding of what consumers, often in distant markets, really want, and communicating those messages back to Irish farmers and food companies. Equally important is to communicate key messages about what makes Irish food unique to the international market. Environmental protection and economic competitiveness are equal and complementary: one cannot be achieved at the expense of the other.
Now is an opportune time to review the process that has been achieved in year two and set out a decisive and achievable strategic plan of action for the next 12 months.
The HLIC has met five times over the past year with each meeting chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The HLIC is committed to a robust implementation process to monitor progress and deliver on the ambitious projections in Food Wise 2025. To aid the HLIC, an Environmental Sustainability Subgroup and a Meat Implementation Group have been established to monitor and drive the implementation of the sustainability and meat actions.
Brexit is a standard standing item on the agenda of each future meeting of the HLIC. Other practical steps to assist the sector in preparing to address the challenges posed by Brexit include:
Of the 417 actions in Food Wise 2025, 368 were due to commence by 2017 or are ongoing actions. Of these 368 actions, 46% have been achieved or substantial action has been undertaken and a further 49% have commenced and are progressing well.