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Research Call

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Lead(Collaborating)Institution

DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2014 14 S 874 Teagasc (UCD) €194,746

Project Title:

Measurement and Understanding of the International Competitiveness of Irish Agriculture

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Fiona Thorne

Project Abstract

How do farms in Ireland compare with farms in other countries, in terms of output price, costs of production, profit margin and market share? With the impending end of the milk quota system and the ambitious plans for the Irish dairy and other agriculture sectors set out in in the Food Harvest 2020 report, the competitive position of Irish agriculture and the determinants of this competiveness performance will be critical in framing public policy that seeks to maximise the contribution of the agri-food sector to the Irish economy. This project will examine the international competitive performance and potential of the main sectors of Irish agriculture against our main trading partners and competitors using microeconomic data from the European Commission’s FADN, bilateral trade data, and data from international farm comparison networks (IFCN Dairy and AgriBenchmark Beef, Sheep and Crops). An analytic framework within which measures of the competitiveness performance of Irish agriculture can be updated on an annual basis will also be developed. The sources and the process of competitive performance (i.e. competitive potential and competitive process) in Ireland (and competing countries) will be examined, with a particular focus on innovation.

Final Report:

Not available yet.