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SWOT Analysis for the CAP Strategic Plan post 2020

The Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) invites submissions, on the Strength Weakness Opportunity Threat (SWOT) analysis for the CAP Strategic Plan post 2020.

Why are we launching this consultation?

In June 2018, the EU Commission published the legislative proposals for the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) post 2020 ( The new delivery model proposed by the Commission is a shift from a compliance based to a performance-based model of delivery. In recognition of the climate change and environmental challenges facing the EU, and its international commitments in this regard, the new CAP proposals also outline a greater climate and environmental ambition post 2020.

Under the draft proposals, each Member State is now required to submit a CAP Strategic Plan (CSP) to the Commission for approval. For the first time, CAP support for direct payments, rural development and market support measures will be presented in the one plan. 

The current draft proposals will focus on nine specific objectives;

  1. support viable farm income and resilience across the EU territory to enhance food security;
  2. enhance market orientation and increase competitiveness including greater focus on research, technology and digitalisation;
  3. Improve farmers' position in the value chain;
  4. Contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as sustainable energy;
  5. Foster sustainable development and efficient management of natural resources such as water, soil and air;
  6. Contribute to the protection of biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services and preserve habitats and landscapes;
  7. Attract young farmers and facilitate business development in rural areas;
  8. Promote employment, growth, social inclusion and local development in rural areas, including bio-economy and sustainable forestry;
  9. Improve the response of EU agriculture to societal demands on food and health, including safe, nutritious and sustainable food, as well as animal welfare.

These objectives will be complemented by the cross-cutting objective of modernising the sector by the fostering and sharing of knowledge, innovation and digitalisation in agriculture and rural areas and encouraging their uptake.

As part of the development of the draft plan each Member State is required to follow a defined process including conducting a SWOT analysis, needs assessment, intervention strategy and design, allocating financial targets and setting targets and results which the intervention is designed to meet.

 The SWOT analysis is the first part of this process and is essentially a factual account, supported by evidence, of the current situation facing the sector in Ireland.  Member States must undertake a SWOT analysis for each of the nine objectives and also outline the current situation regarding the operation of their Agriculture, Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS).

How to get involved?

As part of our ongoing stakeholder consultation, the Department is now launching an open call for submissions to assist in drafting a comprehensive SWOT analysis for the sector.

As a guide for completing your submission the Department has prepared a first draft outline SWOT quadrant for each of the specific objectives. You may wish to consider whether these quadrants adequately reflect the current situation. Are there issues you feel are not reflected in the material provided? If so, we would value your input to ensure that the SWOT analysis is as comprehensive as possible. Where you are making comment on the draft SWOT, please include a reference to the data source you are referring to.

Interested parties are now invited to make written submissions on the draft SWOT analysis, using the attached template. Submissions can be made via the following options;

CAP Rural Development Division

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,

4 C, Agriculture House,

Kildare Street,

DO2 WK12

The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday the 11 of October 2019.


Online Survey

Useful links

EU Regulations:

EU Communique The CAP after 2020

EU Common context indicators:

Freedom of Information

In the interests of transparency, DAFM intends to publish on its website all submissions received in response to this consultation and the identity of the party making the submission, including their affiliation. Any submission containing confidential, private or commercially sensitive information or material should therefore clearly identify that information or material and specify the reasons for its sensitivity. All submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 and may be released or published on foot of third party applications or otherwise.

By responding to the consultation, respondents consent to their name and affiliation being published online with the submission. The Department will redact all other personal data prior to publication.

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