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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.

Extension of public consultation closing date:  Please be advised that the closing date for this consultation has been extended to 12 noon on Monday 21 September 2020.


The process for developing the next ten year strategy to replace Food Wise 2025 has commenced.As an important part of the development of the Agri-Food Strategy 2030, the Department has procured RSK Ireland Limited to prepare an environmental report of the likely significant effects on the environment of implementing the Strategy.

This report will be carried out in accordance with EU Directive 2001/42/EC and the European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2004 (SI 435 of 2004).

Prior to making a decision on the scope and level of detail of the information to be included in the environmental report, and in addition to consulting with the environmental authorities, a wider non-statutory public consultation to encourage further participation by stakeholders and the public is being undertaken in parallel.

In accordance with the provisions of article (11) of S.I. No. 435/2004 - European Communities (Environmental Assessment of certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2014 the report is required to include the information that may reasonably be required, taking into account:

  1.  current knowledge and methods of assessment,
  2.  the contents and level of detail in the plan,
  3.  the stage of the plan in the decision-making process, and
  4.  the extent to which certain matters are more appropriately assessed at different levels in the decision-making process in order to avoid duplication of environmental assessment.

A written submission or observation in relation to the scope and level of detail to be included in the environmental report may be provided as soon as possible, but no later than 8 September 2020.

To facilitate this please find below a draft Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report:

Submissions may be sent by email to or by post to: Climate Change and Bioenergy Policy Division, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, Pavilion A, Grattan Business Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, R32 K857.

Terms and Conditions

All submissions, including the name of the person making the submission, will be published on the Department’s website.

Freedom of Information

All submissions and comments submitted to the Department for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 and the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007- 2014. Submissions are also subject to Data Protection legislation. Personal, confidential or commercially sensitive information should not be included in your submission and it will be presumed that all information contained in your submission is releasable under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

Data Protection

Please note that if you make a submission you are agreeing for it to be published in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR EU 2016/679), the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018, the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and the DPER Consultation Principles and Guidance.

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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.