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Research Call

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DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2014 14 S 889 Teagasc (NUIG) €199,607

Project Title:

Proofing Relevant Indicator Data to Evaluate the Sustainability of Irish Food

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Trevor Donnellan

Project Abstract

This project examines the current and future need for Irish sustainability metrics at farm, product and sector level across economic, environmental, social and innovation dimensions. The project will engage with stakeholders to assess the current and likely future demand for sustainability metrics from the perspective of agricultural, rural development and environmental policy and also in the context of the domestic and international promotion of Irish food, resulting in the development of objective, rigorous and nationally representative metrics of sustainability. The study will conduct a review of available Irish data that could be used to assess sustainability and will also identify data which are not currently available, but which would be required for the generation of new or improved sustainability metrics. In conjunction with the stakeholders, additional data collection will be prioritised with relation to need and feasibility of generation/collection. In addition, given that existing methodologies are employed to measure sustainability within the farm-gate, a full life-cycle analysis will be investigated. The feasibility of collating existing datasets to create historical sustainability measures will also be examined. Developments in terms of Irish food production will be assessed in the context of their implications for future sustainability, providing valuable information for policy formulation.

Final Report:

Not available yet.