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Smith Welcomes Ireland's participation in the global research alliance on agricultural greenhouse gases

Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has indicated that Ireland fully supports and is joining the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.

Ireland has consistently raised the urgent need to address the parallel challenges of increasing food output to meet the growing worldwide demand and at the same time dealing effectively with climate change both in terms of adaptation and mitigation. World food production must be increased by 70% by 2050 while at the same time there is a need to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Dealing with climate change in the agriculture sector and at the same time achieving food security, is the great twin-challenge facing the world.

The Minister said "We also recognise the importance of research aimed at meeting these twin challenges. Ireland has a long track record of research to increase efficiency in the sector. In recent years we have refocused the programme on greenhouse gas mitigation. We are aware of the problem that has to be solved and of how difficult it is to achieve progress - our experts have indicated that the currently available technical mitigation options will mitigate emissions in Ireland by less than 4% compared to business as usual. Co-operation in focused research and sharing of information will be essential to achieve progress. This Global Research Alliance is an important initiative is important for agriculture and food security. We are committing our knowledge, research and expertise to the Alliance". 

The Minister said in conclusion "We look forward to working with the other members in this Global Alliance."

Date Released: 16 December 2009