Agriculture, Food and Rural
Development
Galway, November 5, 2010
Contact details: michael.cuddy@nuigalway.ie
Outline
• Current situation
– Agriculture
– Food
– Rural Development
• Drivers of change
– Agriculture
– Food
– Rural Deve...
Current Situation
• Agriculture
– Dominated by CAP
– Specialisation in a narrow range of commodities
– Small margins
• Foo...
Drivers of Change
• Agriculture
– Continuing decline in EU subvention and direct payments
– WTO agreements  price reducti...
2040 Vision
• Agriculture/Food
– Large scale farms producing efficiently and environmentally friendly
– Greater control of...
2040 Vision
• Agriculture/Food
– Large scale farms producing efficiently and environmentally friendly
– Greater control of...
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Galway 2040 Symposium - Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

  1. 1. Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Galway, November 5, 2010 Contact details: michael.cuddy@nuigalway.ie
  2. 2. Outline • Current situation – Agriculture – Food – Rural Development • Drivers of change – Agriculture – Food – Rural Development • Vision – Agriculture/Food – Rural Development
  3. 3. Current Situation • Agriculture – Dominated by CAP – Specialisation in a narrow range of commodities – Small margins • Food – Minimal processing – Mainly for the export market, undifferentiated – 80% of food consumed locally is imported • Rural Development – 35% of rural residents dependent on agriculture – 75% of family farms are part-time with over 50% income from off-farm – Rural communities generally weak despite LEADER – Low level of participation in community development
  4. 4. Drivers of Change • Agriculture – Continuing decline in EU subvention and direct payments – WTO agreements  price reduction – Large corporate retailers  reduced price – Alternative farm output opportunities • Food – Choice between quality/domestic and price/imports – Oil prices and environment concerns will dampen imports – Corporate retailers will drive the large scale production model – Search for food quality will drive a consumer led food cluster • Rural Development – Limited public funds – Rural development driven by community led initiatives
  5. 5. 2040 Vision • Agriculture/Food – Large scale farms producing efficiently and environmentally friendly – Greater control of the processing and direct selling to supermarkets – International niche market for an All-Ireland Irish Food Brand – Small-scale producers with primary and processed foods under Galway Food Brand – Selling directly to the consumers through “farmers’ markets’ – Food cluster with Galway Food Brand – Cultural image of Galway extended to Galway food • Rural Development – Exploiting the rural resources for multiproduct output - food, tourism and energy – Local self help based on individual commitment to the community will be driving force in developing local identity and quality of life – Local value added derived from farm, processing, industry and services (including internationally traded)
  6. 6. 2040 Vision • Agriculture/Food – Large scale farms producing efficiently and environmentally friendly – Greater control of the processing and direct selling to supermarkets – International niche market for an All-Ireland Irish Food Brand – Small-scale producers with primary and processed foods under Galway Food Brand – Selling directly to the consumers through “farmers’ markets’ – Food cluster with Galway Food Brand – Cultural image of Galway extended to Galway food • Rural Development – Exploiting the rural resources for multiproduct output - food, tourism and energy – Local self help based on individual commitment to the community will be driving force in developing local identity and quality of life – Local value added derived from farm, processing, industry and services (including internationally traded)

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