On Monday, the 28th of November 2022, the National Rural Network (NRN) hosted an EIP-AGRI National Conference in Athlone on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), which brought farmers, researchers, community groups, farm advisers and policymakers together to discuss successful innovative approaches towards agri-environmental protection and sustainability of farms across Ireland through EIP-AGRI’s locally-led, farmer-centred approach, and to extract the numerous lessons learned to date over the course of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 (extended to 2022). A full report drawing together the key messages emerging from the event has now been published by the NRN.
The conference was broken into three sessions. The first heard about the innovative practices and impact of six EIP-AGRI projects located throughout Ireland. The second provided attendees with an insight into the experiences ‘on the ground’ of another five EIP-AGRI projects. This was followed by a representative from the DAFM explaining the role of EIP-AGRI within the new CAP Strategic Plan (2023-2027). The final session invited attendees into breakout sessions to discuss the future of EIP-AGRI in Ireland.
The full EIP-AGRI National Conference 2022 Report can be viewed/ downloaded here.