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Collaborative Working

The Department and its agencies have a collective approach to delivering a robust and sustainable agri sector.

The Department, Teagasc and Bord Bia work closely together and have invested in a range of sustainable actions through research programmes, knowledge transfer and assessing the carbon emitted at farm level, all of which complement each other’s activities in improving the sustainability of the sector.

There is strong collaboration between the Department, State Agencies, other Government Departments and industry in pursuit of the common agenda of improving the sustainability of Irish agricultural production. As part of the Whole of Government approach to climate policy the Department works closely with other Departments and has engaged extensively with the European Commission in order to seek an appropriate and consistent approach to EU climate and agriculture policy.

Teagasc

Bord Bia

Innovation

Education

Market Development

Competitiveness

 

Teagasc

Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. Teagasc responsibilities include research on technologies and farm practices to address emissions and knowledge transfer to ensure the effective adoption of these technologies at the farm level.

Teagasc

 

Bord Bia

Bord Bia aims to promote the sales of sustainable Irish food and horticulture in Ireland and abroad. Bord Bia lead the Origin Green programme, which is the national sustainability programme for the food and drink industry uniting government, the private sector and food producers. Origin Green ensures that Ireland is a world leader in areas such as sustainable auditing and carbon foot-printing. Origin Green is a strategic priority in Food Wise 2025.

Origin Green

 

Innovation

Innovation in agriculture will provide the solutions to addressing the many environmental challenges which will be encountered.  As a major food producer and a leading innovator in agriculture technologies, Ireland makes a significant contribution to tackling global food and nutrition needs, through the continued production of sustainable food products and the sharing of expertise.

Locally-led and European Innovation Partnerships (EIP)

Under the Locally-led and EIP initiatives more targeted and locally-led output-based measures were developed to complement the national approach of the GLAS.

Locally Led Schemes

European Innovation Partnership

Environmental Impact Assessment

Sustainable Food Systems Ireland

 

Education

As the agri-food sector becomes more knowledge intensive, education and skills development are even more critical for success. There must be an emphasis on up-skilling and training ambitious people to drive the future development of the sector. The Department provides a Continuous Professional Development Programme (CPD), which promotes the training of advisors.  The training enables advisors to provide up to date advice to farmers, which includes information on agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and the environment.

Knowledge Transfer Programme

Farm Advisory System

The Department has in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government committed to financing Sustainability Advisers under the Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme, an innovative whole of Government, whole of sector approach. These Advisers will provide a free advisory service to assist farmers in priority areas targeted for improved water quality over the coming four years.

Sustainability Advisory Programme

Teagasc ConnectEd is an initiative designed to provide businesses and professionals working with the agri-food sector structured access to Teagasc research, education, knowledge resources and online tools.

Teagasc ConnectEd

 

Market Development

To fulfil the diverse demands of global markets, the Irish agri-food sector must better understand the specific needs and requirements of consumers in specific markets. It is essential that market and product development be driven by a focus on consumer insights and consumer needs.

Agri-Market Development

 

Competitiveness

As a small, open economy and one that is particularly reliant on exports to drive growth and job creation, Ireland requires a continued focus on competitiveness in its global marketplaces. The impressive export growth achieved by the agri-food sector over the last five years, and its potential for continued expansion, have required concerted efforts to improve competitiveness and productivity.

Agriculture Factsheet January 2018