Agri-food and fisheries is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, a sector with long historic provenance and one which, today, collectively employs some 150,000 people with an annual output of over €24 billion, and a significant weighting of activity in rural and coastal communities.
(Food Harvest 2020 report)
Agricultural production needs to increase by 60% over the next 40 years to meet the rising demand for food. This translates into an additional 1 Bnt of cereals and 200 Mt of meat a year by 2050 compared with 2005/07 levels. Additional production will also be necessary to provide feedstock for expanding biofuel production.
(OECD – FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021)
The Irish Agri-foods sector is facing into a period of unique challenge and opportunity, as populations and food demand grow, and markets continue to liberalise. There is an ever-increasing requirement for both quantity and quality, which carries its own tensions, as does the interaction with the natural environment. Ireland is a relatively small player in global terms, but has built up strong market positions and expertise in a number of key sectors.
Agrifoods is one of the most highly regulated industries in the developed world, in terms of both quality and market structures. The sector is in a period of dynamic change however, which has major implications for the key players and for producers. Government and EU policy plays a major role and must be carefully designed to achieve its stated aim while minimising unwanted spillover effects.
DKM is Ireland’s leading proponent of project and policy analysis in Ireland. In recent years we have analysed impacts of the restructuring of the Irish sugar industry and the policy context for developing the bioenergy sector in Ireland, as well as providing expert witness in a number of high profile legal processes. We also produce regular analysis of global commodity markets and of the macroeconomic environment facing the agrifoods sector.
Judicial Review of Restructuring of the EU Sugar Industry
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