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Agri-Food Strategy to 2030 – Public Consultation

Food Wise 2025 is the current ten-year strategy for the agri-food sector in a series of ten-year plans that have been in place since 2000. While Food Wise has been instrumental in providing a framework and statement of intent for the industry, like all strategic plans for the future, it must evolve and respond to a rapidly changing context both within and outside the sector.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has begun the process for developing the next ten year strategy to replace Food Wise 2025 and a public consultation forms an essential part of this process.

A formal public consultation has taken place and the public consultation document can be found here:

Please note, this consultation is closed.

DAFM hosted an ‘Open Policy Debate’ at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on the 16th October 2019 to further facilitate discussion and consultation with stakeholders on the strategy to 2030. The programme for this event and the presentations and videos of speakers can be found below:

The Opening Plenary session included an address by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and this can be viewed at the link below:

The remainder of this session included three presentations, as follows:

  • Global Trends Shaping the Future of Agri-Food (Mary Shelman, Thought Leader in Global Food and Agribusiness)
  • The European and Global Policy Environment – A Stocktake (Michael Scannell, Acting Deputy Director, DG Agriculture, European Comission)
  • Developing an Agri-Food Vision for a New Era – The Dutch Experience (Rob van Brouwershaven, Director of Circular Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands)

    The event then contained two parallel sessions that covered six areas:

    • Future Food Insights and Creating More Value-Added
    • The Bioeconomy – Realising the Opportunities for Agri-Food
    • Agri-Food in the Next Decade – Digital Opportunities & The Role of Technology
    • Environmentally Sustainable Farming and Fishing
    • Protecting and Enhancing Consumer Trust in the Food Chain
    • Approaches to Improving Farm Household Viability

    These sessions involved panel discussions as well as engagement with attendees.

The Open Policy Debate was closed by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed T.D. and his address can be viewed at the following link:

The discussion that took place at this event will feed into the deliberations for the development of the Agri-Food Strategy to 2030.